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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 281r

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Within initial E, half figure of Alexander the Great, crowned, with right hand holding scepter and with draped left hand holding cross-surmounted tripartite globe; against filigree background. Text is Lesson from Book of Maccabees 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 scrolls inscribed ET FACTUM EST and RECESSERUNT A (left).

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