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Book of Hours
France, Savoy or Besançon, ca. 1470
MS M.196 fol. 103v

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Apostle James Major as pilgrim, nimbed, wearing hat decorated with scallop shell and pilgrim's scrip across right shoulder, and holding walking stick with pointed tip in right hand, stands in landscape with tree, rocky outcrops and hills in distance, all beneath blue sky with stars.
Margin, left:
James, nimbed, holding book with draped right hand and the walking stick with left hand, stands in archway.
Margins decorated with rectilinear frame around miniature and text, and with border of floreate and foliate ornament. In lower margin, hanging from cord around the frame, heraldic shield (azure, 3 fess of three fusils or, on the central one an escutcheon, azure a serpent or).

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