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Pontifical matutinale and missal of Jean Coeur
France, Bourges, ca. 1465
G.49 fol. 80r

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Stephen Protomartyr: Scene, preaching -- Stephen Protomartyr, nimbed, tonsured, dressed as deacon, extends hands toward group of men, wearing hats. Scene in landscape setting, within decorated initial E.
Face in penwork initial A.
Top and bottom margins are decorated with floreate borders. In lower margin is cross-surmounted escutcheon with arms of Jean Coeur (azure, three hearts gules, on a fesse or three escallops argent), surmounted by scroll with inscription MORIR CO(VIENT) SOVENT ADVI(ENT ET N)EN SOVIE(NT).

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