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Book of hours
Belgium, Bruges, 1525-1530
MS M.1175. Fol. 201v

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Miniature, column:
1) Virgin Mary: Misericordia -- Surrounded by nimbed virgins and female saints, including possibly Catherine of Alexandria, wearing headdress and holding down-turned sword. Virgin Mary, wearing headdress and ermine-trimmed garment, extends arms to open ermine-lined mantle enclosing groups of nimbed saint, martyrs, and clergy, including bishop, wearing miter and vestments, and pope, wearing triple crowned papal tiara and vestments.
Miniature, vignette, margins:
2) Scene, Secular: Courting -- Among pair of couples, woman wearing headdress and man wearing hat, seated on ground against turf bench and before flowering trellis, behind which is fool, wearing hood, gesturing. To right, the other man, wearing hat, partly kneeling, extending dish to woman, wearing headdress, seated on ground.

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