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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1430-1435
MS M.359 fol. 116v

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Personification, Virtue: Hope -- Hope, wearing head scarf, stands with ship on her head and arms extended, holding in right hand two sickles or pruning hooks and a hoe, and in right hand a beehive (?). At her feet is a bird cage. In margin to left is label inscribed ESPERANCE, and scroll inscribed CHRISTE VENIAT REGNUM TUUM. Diapered and patterned background. Scene in half-circular vignette in left margin.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux, foliate, and vinescroll ornament.

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