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Italy, probably Palermo, first quarter of the 14th century
MS G.60 fol. 565v

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Evangelist John, nimbed, holding quill in right hand and writing in open book on lap, is seated on bench, before table on which is inkpot. Above left, ray from Arc of Heaven extends to head of John. Buildings are in background.
Figure against blue background within initial H decorated with foliate extenders.
Beginning of John, Priscillian Prologue.
At top, bust of man is in medallion; below is bird. At bottom, under foliate canopy, monk, tonsured, wearing deacon's vestments, holds censer in right hand and closed book in left.
Figures against gold within initial I decorated with short foliate extenders.
Beginning of Gospel of John.

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