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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1460
MS M.282 fol. 122v

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Trinity: Two Persons flanking Dove -- Christ, with crossed nimbus and right hand raised in blessing, sits on bench beside God, nimbed, wearing imperial (?) crown. They hold between them an open book inscribed EGO SUM ALPHA ET OMEGA PRIMUS ET NOUISSIMUS , and flank dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, with wings outstreched and touching mouths of Christ and God. Behind the bench is canopy supported by seraphim.
Margins with floreate and scroll ornament, inhabited in left margin by winged fantastic animal, with right forepaw on its breast; and in lower margin by mermaid, bare-breasted, wearing hat with crown-like decoration and playing horn from which hangs banner with three fleur-de-lys.

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