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Psalter-Hours
France, Amiens, between 1280 and 1299
MS M.729 fol. 232v

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Scene, Liturgical: Prayer -- Yolande de Soissons, wearing snood, headdress, and mantle of French heraldry, kneels on carpet of French heraldry. She raises her joined hands in prayer, beside inscribed book on prie-dieu and dog, before draped altar on which is statue of veiled, crowned, nimbed Virgin Mary seated on throne (?), holding Christ Child, cross-nimbed, with His right hand raised in blessing, and object in His left hand, seated on her right knee.
Scene within Gothic architectural frame decorated with cusps of ball terminals, six heraldic shields, including Count of Soissons (one) and Count of Grandpr³b (one), in medallions, and two hybrid animals, and inhabited by four birds, including a parrot, two owls, squirrel, dog, two hybrid men, and dog pursuing rabbit.



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