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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 201r

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Bust of king, crowned, holding rod or scepter with right hand in initial F decorated with foliate ornament.
In upper margin, medallion enclosing bust of youthful king, crowned, holding scepter with right hand. Medallion surrounded by floreate ornament and gold balls.
Text is chapter readings from books of Samuel and Kings for Matins in Post-Pentecost season.
Pen-flourished initial A.

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