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Italy, probably Palermo, first quarter of the 14th century
MS G.60 fol. 496r

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Mattathias: slaying Jew -- Soldier, crouching beside bleeding body, holds bloody sword. Mattathias, standing, raises sword in right hand, and with left hand holds hair of kneeling Jew, raising joined hands toward idol in aedicula on altar.
Scene against blue background within initial E decorated with foliate extenders.
Beginning of I Maccabees.

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