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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 43v

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Conquest of Gaul, overseeing Ship-building -- In ship, among two workmen, wearing hats, one raises axe, the ship is before four men, wearing brimmed hats, some gesturing with hands. To right, walks Julius Caesar, bearded, wearing gold imperial crown and heraldic coat of or with double-headed eagle displayed (partly visible and possibly arms of Holy Roman Empire), accompanied by man, wearing turban-like headgear, possibly bailiff. Scene in grassy landscape with another ship on water in background. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below center margin, including daisies and strawberries, miniature within gold frame. Initial D of Domicius decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 916 of Faits des Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part II, Chapter 11, Section 1, Caesar’s second expedition to Britain.

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