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Book of hours
France, probably Rouen, ca. 1470
MS M.32 fol. 5v

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Margin, upper: Personification of Vice, Envy, inscribed ENVIE, is represented by man, wearing headgear, with right hand at chest and with left hand holding sack with tassels, accompanied by winged, horned devil with claw feet. Figures stand in room with three arched windows, decorative wall and tiled floor. Arched vignette within block border of floreate decoration. Margin, lower: Jonah: cast up -- Beneath starry sky and rays descending from arc of heaven, Jonah, name inscribed I(O)NIAS, crowned, nude, with joined hands raised, emerges from mouth of whale (suggesting link with Zodiac Sign: Pisces). Scene in water between hilly shores with trees. Square vignette within block border of floreate decoration. Block border at left margin of floreate and foliate decoration, including currants.

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