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Italy, Padua, ca. 1287-1300
MS M.436 fol. 214v

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Jerome or bishop, holding book with draped left hand, raising right hand and wearing chasuble with pallium (?), stands in niche of tall narrow building with dome.
Scene within initial I decorated with foliate ornament terminating in foliate medallion enclosing swan.
Monkey (?) standing on all four legs.
Beginning of Jerome, Preface to Solomonic Books I, predecing Proverbs.

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