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Roman de la Rose
Belgium, possibly Tournai, ca. 1390
MS G.32, fol. 1r

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Miniature: Roman de la Rose: Scene, Lover sleeping in canopied bed, next to armoire (?), a blue column topped by a Gothic structure as capital separating next scene of Lover dressed and washing hands, water flowing from a water ewer into a basin on a stand and scene of Lover strolling outdoors beyond portal. Scenes within gold frame, the right side filled with strapwork. Foliate border including moth and 6 birds, a squirrel eating berry in lower margin and arms of Budé family (d’argent au chevron de gueules accompagné de trois grappes de raisin d’azur, 2 en chef, 1 en pointe) hanging from tree in right margin. Miniature at beginning of text, rubric below in left column, CHY EST LE ROUMANT DE LA ROSE / LART DAMOURZ EST TOUTE ENCLOSE. Below rubric in left column, blue initial M with red filagree as incipit of text, MAINTES GENS DIENT QUE EN SONGES / NE SONT QUE FABLES ET MENSONGES / …

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