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Figure, Male: Mourner.
Belgium, possibly Tournai, ca. 1440
MS M.357. Fol. 118v

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Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament inhabited by half-figure of mourner wearing hood, possibly male; half-figure of mourner wearing hood, holding open book, emerging from flower; man standing in grave probably holding handle of shovel (spade). (Scene, Secular: Burial, Grave-digging) Text framed on three sides by gold bars decorated with flowering vines.
Text is Matins for the Hours of the Dead for Monday.

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