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Pontifical matutinale and missal of Jean Coeur
France, Bourges, ca. 1465
G.49 fol. 64r

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Stephen Protomartyr: Stoning -- Stephen Protomartyr, nimbed, tonsured, dressed as deacon, kneels with hands raised. He is flanked by two tormentors, raising stones in right hands. Scene in landscape setting with buildings of city in distance, within decorated initial D.
Face in penwork initial D.
Top and bottom margins are decorated with floreate borders, including roses and strawberries. In lower margin is cross-surmounted escutcheon with arms of Jean Coeur (azure, three hearts gules, on a fesse or three escallops argent), surmounted by scroll with inscription MORIR CO(VIENT) SOVENT ADVI(ENT ET N)EN SOVIEN(T).

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