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Book of Hours
Czech Republic, possibly Prague, 1446
MS M.921 fol. 3r

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George Podiebrad, crowned, kneels with joined hands raised before prie-dieu (?), with open book with pseudo inscription. Figure in initial P decorated with foliate ornament.
Margins with foliate ornament, inhabited at right by monkey, holding mirror, and bird. In lower margin are five escutcheons with arms of George Podiebrad (representing his holdings of Moravia, Bohemia, and Silesia [top] and Upper [?] and Lower Lusatia [bottom]). The escutcheon for Bohemia is surmounted by a crown, flanked by an angel holding a sword and a crowned king.

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