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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 51r

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Bust of John Baptist, nimbed, holding cross-staff with right hand enclosed in initial C.
In upper margin, rabbit; in lower margin, back-turned bust of man wearing hat, looking upward. Both enclosed in medallions surrounded by flowers and gold balls. Medallions linked by blue band decorated with gold foliate ornament.
Beginning of hymn for Vespers on Saturday before first Sunday of Advent.
Pen-flourished initials.

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