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France, Avignon, approximately 1485-1490
MS M.348 fol. 155r

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Death, as skeleton with flesh, emerges, partially draped, from sarcophagus, extending arms toward cross at end of sarcophagus. Another cross marks nearby grave.
Scene in walled cemetary.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament, including violas, and with bones and skulls.
Miniature in architectural frame inscribed PLACEBO.

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