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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 239v

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Bust of Lucy of Syracuse, nimbed, possibly holding object, within initial E.
In upper margin, medallion enclosing bust of saint, nimbed, raising right hand, surounded by gold balls and flowers.
In lower margin, medallion enclosing half-figure of Lucy, nimbed, holding palm with right hand, and with left hand, plate on which are possibly two eyes.
Medallions linked by blue band decorated with torch, pedestals and vases.
Beginning of collect for first Vespers on 12.13, feast of Lucy of Syracuse.
Pen-flourished initials.

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