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Roman de la Rose
Belgium, possibly Tournai, ca. 1390
MS G.32 fol. 108r

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Miniature in left column:
Roman de la Rose: Scene, Nature at her Forge -- Personification of Nature, seated on bench, with right hand raises hammer and with left hand holds human arm on anvil on stand, on which lies another human arm and around which are two human legs and head on ground, beside bellows and blazing forge in chimney.
Scene against gold diapered background, within frame decorated with two tendrils of trefoil leaves.
Below miniature, red initial N with blue pen flourishes at beginning of text, NATURE QUI PENSOIT DES COSES / QUI SONT DESOULZ LE CHIEL ENCLOSES / …

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