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France, Tours, ca. 1470
MS M.366. Fol. 016r

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Evangelist, John: Scene, on Patmos -- Evangelist John, nimbed, writes on scroll across his lap, ERAT UERBU(M) ET U(ERBUM) (NT, John 01:01). He is seated on island; behind him are rocky outcrips, one with trees. He is flanked by evangelist symbol (eagle), nimbed, and by devil, with utensil with which he knocks over ink jar (Evangelist, John: Scene, Devil stealing Inkpot). In background, across water is city.
Margins are decorated with floreate border, including thistles, inhabited by bear, holding banner, and nude man or wild man astride horned animal, possibly goat (Scene, Burlesque: Riding).

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