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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 279v

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Miniature, column: Esther: before Ahasuerus -- Ahasuerus, crowned, with left hand holding scepter, seated on throne. At right, Esther, crowned, held by her arms by two female attendants; all before another man, wearing draped headgear. Scene in room with vaulted ceiling and tiled floor. Text is Lesson from Book of Esther in the Post-Pentecost Season. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration inhabited by half figures of two prophets, wearing draped headgear, emerging from cloudy arcs, holding blank scrolls (left).

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