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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1430
MS M.64 fol. 122r

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Sebastian of Rome: Scene, Torture -- Sebastian, decorated nimbus, his hands tied behind, around column, wearing short drawers, is flanked by two men shooting arrows into his body.
Right margin, in circle of foliage (top to bottom)
1) Sebastian of Rome: Scene, reproaching Diocletion (?) -- Man stands behind throne of Diocletion, wearing pointed hat, holding scepter in right hand. Before him Sebastian, nimbed, his arms crossed on his breast, stands with five men, two wearing helmets.
2) Sebastian of Rome: Scene, unidentified -- Man emerging from doorway grasps right arm of Sebastian, nimbed. At right is group of seven men, two wearing hats, two wearing helmets, one touching left arm of Sebastian.
Lower margin, in circle of foliage:
Sebastian of Rome: Scene, Martyrdom -- Sebastian, nimbed, bleeding from head, with joined hands, kneels, surrounded by four men with clubs, one striking head of Sebastian. Another man stands to right, right arm raised.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament.

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