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Book of Hours
Belgium, probably Brussels, 1533
MS M.491 fol. 129r

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Philip the Deacon: meeting Eunuch -- Dove of Holy Ghost, within rays of light, appears above Philip the Deacon, nimbed, standing in water, baptizing Eunuch, partially nude.
In background, Philip, with book on lap, and Eunuch are seated in chariot pulled by two horses, one of which is ridden by man raising whip above head.
Miniature and text framed by architectural border.
Initial D decorated with foliate ornament begins Sext of the Hours of the Holy Spirit.

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