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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 47r

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Within initial C, half-figure of David, nimbed, with joined hands raised.
In upper margin, bust of nimbed man; in lower margin, bust of back-turned man wearing hat, looking upward. Both enclosed in leafy medallions surrounded by flowers and gold balls. Medallions linked by blue band decorated with gold vines.
Text is beginning of Psalm 138 (Vulg., 137) in Psalter of Breviary.
Pen-flourished initial S.

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