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Pontifical matutinale and missal of Jean Coeur
France, Bourges, ca. 1465
G.49 fol. 199v

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Scene, Liturgical: Obsequies -- Mourner, wearing hood, stands behind cross-inscribed bier. At right two tonsured men stand behind tonsured man at draped altar, upon which is open book with pseudo-inscription. Over the altar is retable decorated with figures within arches of arcade. Scene is within decorated initial R.
Top and bottom margins are decorated with floreate borders. In lower margin is cross-surmounted escutcheon with arms of Jean Coeur (azure, three hearts gules, on a fesse or three escallops argent), flanked by scrolls with inscription MORIR COVIE(N)T SOVE(NT) ADVIE(N)T ET NEN SOVIE(NT).

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