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France, perhaps Metz, 1370-1380
MS M.88 fol. 20r

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Figures within painted frame from which sprout leaves:
Upper zone:
Figures against tooled gold background:
1) Catherine of Alexandria -- Catherine, pearled nimbus, crowned, stands holding wheel in draped right hand and sword in left hand piercing crowned head of Maxentius at her feet.
2) Margaret of Antioch -- Margaret, nimbed, with hands held in prayer emerges from dragon and is also seen from waist down being devoured by dragon.
Lower zone:
1) Agnes of Rome -- Agnes, scalloped nimbus, stands holding book in right hand and reaching out with left hand to lamb at her feet. Figure against blue background decorated with gold.
2) Barbara of Nicomedia -- Barbara, nimbed, stands with palm branch in left hand and model of tower in right hand. Figure against red background decorated with gold.

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