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Bible Historiale
France, Paris, ca. 1415
MS M.394 fol. 243v

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Cyrus the Great: Proclamation -- Cyrus, wearing crown, holding scepter in left hand, sits on canopied throne before four men, including one in high priest's miter, with left hand pointing toward partially-built city of Jerusalem, with three workmen, all wearing hats, one with carpenter's square, one gesturing, and one boring board with awl.
In upper, lower, and center margins, ivy-rinceaux foliate decoration.
Illustration of Ezra 01:01-04 (Vulg., I Esdras 01:01-04).

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