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Book of Hours
Belgium, ca. 1490
MS S.7 fol. 259r

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Catherine of Alexandria, nimbed, crowned, stands holding sword in right hand. Before her is broken wheel. Building in background.
In margins:
Scene, Secular: outdoor Gathering -- Woman, veiled, and man, wearing hat, extending hand to plate of food, sit on ground around cloth with plates of food and loaves (picnic), flanking couple, including veiled woman holding in her lap legs of man, wearing hat, putting food to his mouth. A third veiled woman stands to right. Scene in garden enclosed by brick wall, beyond which are fruit trees.

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