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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 336r

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Initial P enclosing half figure of Adam, name inscribed ADAM, nude, with right hand holding piece of fruit; against filigree background; against gold background at beginning of Matins and First Lesson for Feast of the Purification of the Virgin (02.22). Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, including strawberry, inhabited by lion as bishop, wearing miter with infulae and collar, with tongue protruding (right).

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