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Libro degli uomini famosi
Italy, Venice, ca. 1405
MS G.36 fol. 127r

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Decorated initial S, with animal-head serif, enclosing two scenes:
1) Helmeted soldier, wearing armor, gestures to kneeling figure, crowned, with hands crossed on breast.
2) Scene, Secular: Burial -- Five men, including three hooded mourners (?), carry draped bier upon which lies body, wearing headdress, with hands crossed on breast.
Margins with foliate ornament, inhabited by bird and head of fantastic animal.

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