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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 373r

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Half-figure of Cecilia of Rome, nimbed, holding palm with right hand and supporting book with left arm, within initial D deocrated with foliate ornament.
In upper margin, half-figure of king, crowned, enclosed in medallion surrounded by gold balls and flowers; in lower margin deer in landscape enclosed in medallion also surrounded by gold balls and flowers. Medallions and initial linked by red band decorated with gold foliate ornament.
Text is collect from First Vespers on 11.22 feast of Cecilia of Rome.
Pen-flourished initials.

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