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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
MS M.390 fol. 166r

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Margins in cama³aeu suggestive of carved ornament and figures.
Right margin: Angel, playing viol, flanked by putti, atop carved pedestal, with two additional putti in niches in base.
Lower margin: Merman, wearing helmet and breastplate, holding shield and sword, faces mermaid, bare-breasted, holding mirror in right hand and touching her hair with left hand.

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