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Book of Hours
France, perhaps Paris, ca. 1475
MS S.5 fol. 144r

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Legend, Dance of Death -- Man, with left hand raised, is stabbed in abdomen with spear held in left hand of Death, as corpse (skeleton), partially draped in shroud. Scene in room with canopied bed, leaded glass window, and tile floor.
Initial D enclosing sarcophagus, in which lies corpse of woman, wearing headdress.
Margins with foliate ornament. In lower margin is tree trunk and winged insect.

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