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Book of Hours
France, Tours, ca. 1470
MS M.366. Fol. 163v

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Scene, Liturgical: Blessing of Grave -- Two men, possibly mourners, one holding open book and other with joined hands, kneel next to grave slab inscribed with cross. At right is Pope, wearing cross-surmounted triple-crowned tiara, gloves, cope decorated with border of figures in niches, raising right hand in gesture of blessing and holding cross-staff in left hand. Behind figures is crucifix on pedestal; all are enclosed by wall, behind which are buildings of town including church.
Margins are decorated with floreate border, inhabited by bear and fantastic animal.

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