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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 350r

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Archangel Michael, as half-figure, nimbed, left hand on breast, possibly holding sword, wearing armor within initial D decorated with foliate ornament.
In upper left margin of three (?) angels, one playing tambourine, another possibly playing wind instrument, all within medallion; in lower left margin, medallion enclosing three angels, nimbed, looking upward. Medallions linked by band decorated with flowers and inhabited by owl and by putto.
Text is collect from first Vespers on 09.29, feast of Archangel Michael.
Pen-flourished initials.

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