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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1520
MS M.307 fol. 154v

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Evangelist John, nimbed, raising right hand in blessing, holding with left hand, chalice from which two serpents emerge stands next to barren tree. In background ships are in water; city is on far shore.
Margins decorated with border of flowers including speedwell, viola, daisy, geranium, rose, and inhabited by fly, woodpecker, butterfly and snail.

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