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Italy, probably Palermo, first quarter of the 14th century
MS G.60 fol. 279r

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Jerome, nimbed, tonsured and wearing clerical garb, is seated on chair at desk, writing on scroll with pen held in right hand, resting scraper (?) on scroll with left hand.
Figure against gold background within initial A decorated with extenders.
Beginning of Judith, Prologue.
Judith: slaying Holofernes -- Holofernes, crowned, his arms crossed at his waist, is semi-reclining on draped bed. Judith, standing beside bed beneath drawn back drapery, holding sword in left hand and touching his crown with her right hand, beheads Holofernes.
Scene against gold background within initial A in border of vine scroll and floreate ornament.
Beginning of Judith.

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