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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 363r

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Within initial O, half-figure of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with joined hands, flanked by Apostles Peter and Paul, nimbed, other nimbi visible behind them.
In upper margin bust of God enclosed in medallion flanked by gold balls and flowers; in lower margin, half-figure of Archangel Michael, nimbed, holding sword with right hand, enclosed in medallion also surrounded by gold balls and flowers. Medallions linked by red band decorated with gold foliate ornament.
Text is collect for first Vespers on 11.01, feast of All Saints.
Pen-flourished initials.

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