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Pontifical matutinale and missal of Jean Coeur
France, Bourges, ca. 1465
G.49 fol. 137v

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Christ: Communion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, extends right hand with wafer (host) to mouth of saint, nimbed, tonsured, kneeling with joined hands raised. Behind him is group of nimbed saints,, two kneeling, one with joined hands raised, most with only tops of heads visible.
Top and bottom margins are decorated with floreate borders. In lower margin is cross-surmounted escutcheon with arms of Jean Coeur (azure, three hearts gules, on a fesse or three escallops argent), flanked by scrolls with inscription MORIR COVIE(N)T SOVE(NT) ADVIE(N)T ET NEN SOVIE(NT).

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