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Italy, Padua, ca. 1287-1300
MS M.436 fol. 383v

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Apostle, Paul: Letter to Romans -- Paul, nimbed, holding scroll with left hand, gestures with right hand toward man, tonsured, touching the scroll.
Scene within initial P decorated with lion mask, foliate ornament, and with foliate extenders inhabited by man grasping vine.
Gold balls, bird, head or mask of man, sun (?) with face, lion mask, and vine decorated with balls and foliate ornament terminating in foliate medallion enclosing two addorsed birds.
Beginning of Romans.

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