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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 266v

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Miniature, column: 1) Elisha: Widow’s Oil -- Widow, wearing veiled headdress and ermine-trimmed garment, with right hand on jug of oil, also held in right hand of man, wearing draped headgear, and with another jjug held under right arm. To right, man, wearing turban-like headgear and fur-trimmed garment, with left hand extending jug to collect the poured oil. At far right, stands Elisha, wearing ermine-trimmed hat. In foreground, another jug of oil on ground. Scene in room with wooden ceiling, tiled floor and window in background. Reading from fourth book of Samuel and Kings for Matins in Post-Pentecost season. Miniature, vignette: 2) Elijah: comforted by Angel -- Angel, with left hand to face of Elijah, and with right hand raising jug toward his lips. He is seated on ground in landscape with left hand on book. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, including columbines, inhabited by half figures of two prophets, wearing draped headgear, holding scrolls inscribed SURGE COMEDE and GRANDIS TERRESTAT (?)(left).

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