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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1460
MS M.282 fol. 130v

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Sebastian of Rome: Scene, Torture -- Two archers aim bows and arrows at Sebastian of Rome, nimbed, wearing short loin cloth, pierced with arrows, standing with arms bound behind tree. On ground before him are hat and sword. Scene in landscape with trees, hills, castle, and rays emanating from top of arch.
Margins with floreate and scroll ornament, inhabited in left margin by hybrid man, wearing hat, carrying pan over his right shoulder and seated astride fantastic animal; and in lower margin by hybrid woman, with mermaid tail and lizard feet, wearing hat with jewelled brooch, with her hands holding her bare breasts.

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