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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 190v

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Christ: teaching (?) -- Initial H enclosing Christ, cross-nimbed, kneeling, with joined hands raised, on hilly mound before stream set with plank of wood. He is accompanied by three nimbed apostles (two with only heads visible). Scene in landscape. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration inhabited by man, wearing hat over hood, with left hand holding spiked object, and with left hand holding unidentified escutcheon (or a rampant lion sable langued gules), flanked above and below by half figures of angels, emerging from clouds, one gesturing and one with left hand holding withes and with right hand holding whip (left).

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