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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 368v

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Half-figure of Martin of Tours, nimbed, as bishop, wearing miter and cope, holding crozier with right hand and book with left hand within initial D decorated with foliate ornament.
In upper margin, medallion enclosing bust of Jeremiah, wearing hat, indicating upward with right hand, at left arm, scroll inscribed IEREMI(E). Medallion surrounded by gold balls and flowers. In lower margin, rabbit in landscape enclosed in medallion surrounded by flowers and gold balls. Medallions linked by red band decorated with gold foliate ornament.
Text is collect from first Vespers on 11.11, feast of Martin of Tours.
Pen-flourished initials.

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