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Roman de la Rose
Belgium, possibly Tournai, ca. 1390
MS G.32 fol. 85r

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Miniature in left column:
Roman de la Rose: Scene, Forced Abstinence and False Seeming approaching Slander at Gate -- Personification of Forced Abstinence, wearing nun’s wimpled white veil over black habit, holding pilgrim’s staff in right hand, and Personification of False Seeming, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with pilgrim’s scrip over shoulder and staff in right hand, and left hand extended, both stand at gate behind which is Personification of Slander as bearded man wearing hood.
Scene against diapered background, within frame decorated with two tendrils of trefoil leaves.
Miniature below two lines of couplet of text, TANT VA CHASCUNS ET TANT S’APROUCE / QUE SON VENU A MALEBOUCE / …

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