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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 151r

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Roman de la Rose: Scene, Pygmalion praying -- Venus stands with crossed hands, beside Pygmalion, partly kneeling, with joined hands raised toward two idols, one armed with spear and shield, and the other nude, armed with spear, both on columns. Grass and plants growing on ground. Scene within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves. Marginal extension decorated with ivy leaves. Beginning at bottom of fol. 150v rubric caption of scene, CO(M)MENT PY(G)MALION ALA / AU TEMPLE VENUS ET PRIA / LES DIEX Q(UE) TANT POUR LI FEISSENT / QU(I) SAUUE EN VIE MEISSENT Below miniature in left column, champide initial L at beginning of text, LORS AUINT QUEN CELLE CONTREE / OT UNE FESTE CELEBREE …

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