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Italy, Padua, ca. 1287-1300
MS M.436 fol. 405v

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Man, nimbed, holding book with right hand in initial I.
Apostle, Paul: Letter to Hebrews -- Paul, nimbed, holding sword with left hand, extends right hand holding scroll toward man, extending left hand to scroll and raising right hand.
Scene within initial M decorated with foliate ornament and with foliate extender.
Gold balls, man, raising right hand, resting left hand on left knee, seated on cushion, and vine decorated with balls and foliate ornament terminating in foliate medallion enclosing hybrid animal.
Beginning of Hebrews, Prologue and Hebrews.

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