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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 381v

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Half-figure of William of Malavalle, nimbed and tonsured, wearing habit of Augustinians, within initial D, decorated with foliate ornament.
In upper left margin, medallion enclosing bust of Augustinian nun, nimbed and veiled with wimple, with joined hands; in lower left margin, bust of monk, nimbed and tonsured, with joined hands, wearing habit of Augustinian. Medallions are linked by red band decorated by pieces of arms and armor including helmets, shields, scimitar and maces; plaque inscribed ECCE ANG(ELUS?).
Text is collect for first Vespers on 02.10, feast of William of Malavalle.
Pen-flourished initials.

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