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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 178r

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Initial C enclosing head of man, wearing hat. Judah: appointed (?) -- Initial P enclosing man, possibly Judah, wearing hat, with right hand slightly raised and with left hand raised to breast of man, beside two other men (only heads visible), all beneath rays issuing from cloudy arc of Heaven from which emerges bust of God. Decorated initial for First Lesson for Fourth Sunday in Quadragesima, Judges 01:01. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by bust of man amid foliage, flanked above and below by prophets, wearing hats, one with belt tied with purse, both holding scrolls inscribed HODIE and NOLITE (right); another bust of man amid foliage (lower).

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