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Book of Hours
Italy, Milan, ca. 1450-1475
MS M.80 fol. 85r

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Initial D, decorated with foliate ornament, enclosing half figure of David, nimbed, playing psaltery.
Margins decorated with floreate ornament framed with, and with background of, gold, surrounding medallions enclosing: Naphtali holding scroll inscribed NEP[TALI]; psaltry; bust of Daniel holding scroll inscribed DANIEL; cameo bust of man flanked by initials C and V; cameo bust of man, bearded, wearing turban like headdress, flanked by initials E and I; half figure of Isaiah holding scroll inscribed ISAIA; half figure of David, nimbed, holding scimitar with right hand and grasping hair on head of Goliath, stone on his forehead (David: Spoiling of Goliath); half figure of Noah holding scroll inscribed NOE.

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