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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 386r

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Apostle Peter as half-figure, nimbed, holding key with right hand and book with left hand, flanked by two other apostles, nimbed, within initial F decorated with foliate ornament.
In upper and lower left margin, medallions enclosing bust of man, one holding book (?); medallions linked by red band decorated with flowers, and inhabited by cock (rooster).
Text is chapter from first Vespers for Common of Saints, Apostles.
Pen-flourished initials.

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