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Book of Hours
France, Tours, ca. 1470
MS M.366. Fol. 160r

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Five female saints including Mary Magdalen, wearing headdress, holding situla and aspergil with left hand; Barbara of Nicomedia, holding tower in left hand; Catherine of Alexandria, crowned, holding sword in right hand, possibly piercing head of lion with legs of man emerging from its mouth; Margaret of Antioch, emerging from back of dragon; and possibly Genieve of Paris. Scene in room with arcade open onto landscape setting.
Margins are decorated with floreate border including daisies, inhabited by man, wearing hood, attacking bear, holding with right hand escutcheon decorated with heraldry of Jouvenel des Ursins.

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