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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.625 fol. 30v

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Malchus of Maronia: Scene, observing Ants in Desert -- Eleven ants, some carrying objects, on ground before seated Malchus of Maronia, nimbed, wearing cap and monk’s habit, hands raised over open book with pseudo-inscriptions on lap, accompanied by group of at least 12 tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, the foremost holding rosary, two hooded.
Scene in landscape amid trees.
Illustration of Jerome, Life of Malchus of Maronia.

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