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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 124v

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Roman de la Rose: Scene, Delilah cutting Samson’s Hair -- Female figure (Delilah), seated on grass, with scissors in right hand cuts hair of man (Samson), eyes closed, reclining partly with his head on right arm on her lap and his left hand on his leg. Two plants and one tree in background. Scene within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves. Marginal extension decorated with ivy leaves. Above miniature in right column, rubric caption of scene, L’AUTEUR NE VEULT PAS CI CELER / CO(M)MENT SANSON POUR REUELER / SON SECRE A FE(M)ME MOURUT / CONC (sic) SA FORCE NEL SECOURUT Below miniature in right column, champide initial D at beginning of text, DALYDA LA MALICIEUSE / PAR FLATERIE VENIMEUSE …

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