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France, Paris, between 1230 and 1239
MS M.92 fol. 114v

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1) Catherine of Alexandria: Scene, Torture -- Catherine of Alexandria, nimbed, kneels and raises joined hands toward head of God emerging from clouds above. Two broken wheels flank her. Scene with gold background, within initial D decorated with dragon stem.
2) Christ, cross-nimbed, is surrounded by clouds and flanked by sun and moon. Scene with gold background, within initial Q decorated with dragon stem.
3) Saint: Scene, Martyrdom -- Male executioner raises sword in right hand above and grasps head of martyr saint, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands raised. Scene with gold background, within initial P decorated with dragon stem.
4) Saint: Scene, Martyrdom -- Nimbed martyr saint, in bishop's miter and vestments, kneels with joined hands raised, beside male executioner raising sword high. Tree. Scene with gold background, beside initial I formed by dragon.
Line endings of two dragons and animal with object in its jaws, and abstract penwork on page.

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