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Gospel Book
Germany, Saxony, ca. 1210-1220
MS M.565 fol. 13v

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Evangelist Matthew, nimbed, seated on chair, with knife in left hand, writes with pen in his right hand inscription (L)IBER GENERATIONIS IHU XPI from Matthew 1:1 in open book on lectern.
He sits beside initial L decorated with ornament of foliage and fantastic animals, including two dragons attacking and devouring sheep.
Beginning of Matthew.

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