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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 242v

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Margin, left: Pentecost -- Dove of Holy Ghost descends from cloudy arc of heaven toward Virgin Mary, with joined hands raised, surrounded by eleven apostles, all nimbed and kneeling, many with joined hands raised. Miniature for Eleventh and Twelfth Lessons in First Vespers of Pentecost Sunday. Initial I enclosing eagle as Evangelist Symbol of John, with left claw holding blank scroll. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by busts of two women amid foliage (lower).

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