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Astrological treatises
Belgium, Bruges, early 15th century, in or before 1403
MS M.785 fol. 14v

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Second Decanus of Leo in three zones:
1) Sphaera Persica:
Nude idol, inscribed YDOLUM ELEUATUM DAMANS DEOS (Astrological Sign: Idol); psaltery, grate (?), and drum inscribed CUM QUO PSALTERIUM TIBIA TYMPANUM SALTATORIA ET ALIA HUIUSDI (Astrological Sign: Musical Instrument); two men, one holding cloth and the other seated on bench, wearing headgear, holding leaf in right hand and pitcher in left hand; two men, inscribed CIFUM PLENUM UINO TUNSENES OBTRULIT IN HONORE DEORUM ET CASTOR (sic) (Constellation: Gemini); winged body of hydra inscribed CERUIX YDRE (Constellation: Hydra); stern of ship, inscribed SECUNDA MEDIETAS NAUIS (Constellation: Argo Navis).
2) Sphaera Indica:
Shoulder and leg of horse, inscribed MEDIUM EQUI (Constellation: Equuleus); crowned man, inscribed VIR ACUTO NASO IN CAPITE HABENS CORONAM EX ALBO MIRTO. LEONINI COLORIS SINDONE INDICTUS. ARCUM SAGITTAS FERENS LATRO ATROX UT LEO, with cloth draping right hand, standing beside bow, five arrows, and knotted cloth inscribed SINDONIS (Astrological Sign: Crowned Man).
3) Sphaera Graeca:
Man, inscribed HUMERUS DEXTER MAIORIS ARTHUROS (sic), as half-figure with right arm only (Constellation: Bo³œtes ?); hind leg of lion, inscribed CERUIX LEONIS ET ARMUS (Constellation: Leo); body of serpent, inscribed MEDIUM COLUBRI (Constellation: Serpens); prow of ship, inscribed PRORA ARGOS (Constellation: Argo Navis).

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