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France, Paris, ca. 1350
MS M.324 fol. 34v

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Roman de la Rose: Wheel of Fortune -- Personification of Fortune, crowned, blindfolded, stands with object in right hand and with left hand turning spoke of wheel around which are four male figures, the first ascending the rim, the second as crowned king, holding foliate scepter in left hand, seated with legs crossed on top, the third descending the rim, and the fourth, partly nude, wearing loin cloth, recumbent, grasping the bottom rim. Figures against patterned background within frame of miniature decorated with tendrils in right column.
Above miniature, rubric caption of scene, CO(M)MENT FORTUNE EST EN SA ROE LES YEX BENDES ET LA TOURNE A SA VOLENTE.
In right column of fol. 35r, initial C decorated with foliate ornament and tendrils, at beginning of text.

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