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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 165v

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Initial M enclosing half figure of bearded man, with right forefinger raised, at beginning of Lesson at Numbers 16:41. Initials P and D enclosing head of men, wearing hats. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by half figure of tonsured man, with left forefinger raised, amid foliage, flanked above and below by man, wearing soft hat and purse tied to waist, with right forefinger raised and with left hand holding string of beads, possibly rosary, and by woman, wearing headdress, with right hand holding string of beads, possibly rosary hung with lamp (?).

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