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Bible fragment
Northern Germany, perhaps Magdeburg, ca. 1100
MS M.889. Fol. 200r

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Evangelist John, nimbed, with knife in right hand sharpens point of pen in left hand, seated on cushioned architectural bench between pen in inkhorn and open book on lectern. Above in arc of heaven (?), nimbed eagle, as Symbol, holds scroll in its talons.
Miniature within decorated border at beginning of Gospel of John.

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