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

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Miniature in left column:
Roman de la Rose: Scene, Forced Abstinence and False Seeming speaking to Slander -- Personification of Forced Abstinence, in nun’s wimpled white veil over black habit, stands behind Personification of False Seeming, tonsured, in monk’s habit, with both hands grasping arm of Personification of Slander as bearded man wearing hood and tunic, both seated on bench before gate of building in which only head of male figure is visible at window.
Scene against gold diapered background, within frame decorated with two tendrils of trefoil leaves.
Miniature below two lines of couplet of text beginning with blue initial Q with red pen flourishes, QUANT LI PELERIN VENU FURENT / A MALEBOUCE VENIR DUBRENT / …

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