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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 49v

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Bust of David, crowned, with joined hands, enclosed in initial C.
In upper margin, bust of man; in lower margin, deer. Both enclosed in leafy medallions surrounded by flowers and gold balls, and linked by red band decorated with gold foliate ornament.
Text is beginning of Psalm 4 for Compline on Sunday.
Pen-flourished initials.

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