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Italy, Padua, ca. 1287-1300
MS M.436 fol. 399v

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Half figure of man holding book with left hand in initial C.
Apostle, Paul: Letter to Colossians -- Half figure of Paul, nimbed, holding sword with right hand and with left hand, scroll, also held by man reaching up from stem of initial P.
Scene within initial decorated with foliate ornament and with foliate extenders.
Gold balls, and vine, inhabited by man and decorated with balls, mask or moon, head of man with cowl, and foliate ornament terminating in foliate medallions enclosing cock (rooster) and man, tonsured, holding fantastic sword or scimitar and shield.
Beginning of Colossians, Argument and Colossians.

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