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Book of Hours
France, possibly Lille, ca. 1445
M.304 fol. 103r

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Pentecost -- Within initial C, Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated holding open book with both hands on her lap. She is flanked by 13 apostles, nimbed, one only top of nimbus visible, two with joined hands, one orant. All look up toward dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, descending from cloud.
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament inhabited by hybrid man wearing hat, grasping stem with right hand, raising left hand; hybrid man raising both hands; man, holding club in extended right hand, confronting dragon, grasping its wing with his left hand; hybrid archer with bird body aiming arrow at the dragon.

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