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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 259v

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Samuel: communicating with God (?) -- Initial L enclosing possibly Samuel, with joined hands raised, kneeling in hilly landscape, and looking up toward at face of God, possibly nimbed, in cloudy arc of heaven, at beginning of First Lesson on Third Sunday of August. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration inhabited by half figures of three men, one wearing hat, one gesturing, and one reading from open book with pseudo-inscriptions, all emerging from clouds (upper and left); and half figures of two men, wearing hats, amid foliage (lower).

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