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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1418
MS M.919 fol. 190v

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Left margin decorated with border of ivy rinceaux inhabited by: half-figure of soldier emerging from foliage, wearing helmet and armor, raising neck and head of bird with right hand and holding shield with left hand; half-figure of nude youth, emerging from foliage, holding garment by sleeve with extended right hand, and moth or butterfly by its wings with left hand, next to another flying moth or butterfly.
Text is from hymn to the Virgin, Five Joys.

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