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Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 88r

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Onuphrius of Egypt: Scene, transfigured before Paphnutius -- At right, Paphnutius of Egypt, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, raising both hands toward Onuphrius of Egypt, body covered in hair, with left hand on tau-staff, both nimbed. At far right, another Paphnutius, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, crouching with right cheek and hand to feet of Onuphrius of Egypt, nimbed, body covered in hair and emanating rays, with joined hands raised, on rocky ledge beside tau-cross.
In center, hexagonal fountain with two animal head spouts issuing water and palm tree. In background, cross-surmounting hermitage.
Scenes in landscape of trees all framed by two trees.
Illustration of Paphnutius, Life of Onuphrius, Part 20.

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