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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 116v

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Roman de la Rose: Scene, God of Love sending Message to Venus -- God of Love (Eros), crowned, winged, holding spear in each hand, glances toward group of five messengers, the first raising right hand and with left hand on sword hilt, the second holding shield and two others raising hand. Grass and plants growing on ground. Scene within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves. Marginal extension decorated with ivy leaves. Above miniature in left column, rubric caption of scene, CO(M)MENT LES MESSAGE ALERE(N)T / A VENUS ET BIEN LI CONTERENT / Q(UE) SON CHIER FIL LI DIEU D’AMOURS/ LA PRIOIT QU’IL EUST SECOURS / ET QUEL VENIST NE TARDAST ... / ASSAILLIR LA TOUR IALOUSIE. Below miniature in left column, champide initial D at beginning of text, DE LOST SE P(AR)TENT LI MESSAGE / QUI TANT ONT ERRE CO(M)ME SAGE …

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