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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1485-1490
MS M.231 fol. 201v

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John Baptist: Beheading -- Body of John Baptist, headless, hands bound, hangs from barred window in tower. He is flanked by Salome, wearing headdress, holding bowl with both hands, and by executioner, holding nimbed head of John Baptist by hair with left hand, and sword in right hand. In background is city surrounded by crenellated wall.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament inhabited by grasshopper.

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