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Antiquitates Judaicae
France, Dijon, late 13th century
MS M.533 fol. 11v

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In two registers enclosed in initial P:
1) Jacob and Esau: meeting -- Jacob and Esau, each raising one hand and gesturing with the other, both wearing ermine lined mantles stand facing each other, flanked by two buildings.
2) Jacob and Esau: parting -- In lower register, next to tree, Esau, raising both hands stands before group of 11 men, two with joined hands raised.
Head and front legs of animal at terminus of descender.
Beginning of Book 2 Chapter 1 of Josephus, Antiquitates Judaicae.

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