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Gospel Book
Italy, San Benedetto Po, between 1075 and 1099
MS M.492 fol. 58v

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1) Evangelist Luke, scalloped nimbus, sits on bench with footstool, beside open book inscribed FUIT I(N) DIE(BUS) HERRODIS REGIS IUD(AEAE) SACERDOS [...] INCEDE(N)TES from Luke 1:5-6; below book is wingless symbol.
2) Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, holding trefoil-surmounted staff in left hand, extends his right hand toward veiled Virgin Mary, standing before building with crenellated wall and two towers. Both have scalloped nimbi.

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