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Book of Hours
Belgium, Tournai, 1450-1460
MS M.78 fol. 153v

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Beneath cloudy arc, Apostle James Major, scalloped nimbus, wearing pilgrims hat decorated with scallop shell, with draped right hand holding book and with left hand holding pilgrim’s staff. At right, Nicholas of Myra, scalloped nimbus, mitered, wearing bishop’s vestments, hands gloved, raising right hand in blessing and with left hand holding crozier, beside barrel, in which are three nude youths, tonsured, with joined hands raised. Scene in room with tesselated background and tiled floor. Margins decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature at beginning of the Suffrages to Apostle James Major and Nicholas of Myra.

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