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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 67v

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Sabas of Jerusalem: Scene, departing for Jerusalem -- At left, emerging from cross-surmounted monastery, group of monks, tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, with foremost with right hand raised toward woman, wearing cap, with left hand raised to face and with right hand extending objects, possibly coins, into extended hands of Sabas of Jerusalem, kneeling in landscape.
At far right, cross-surmounted monastery, with bell tower, possibly representing Jerusalem.
Illustration of Cyril of Scythopolis, Life of Sabas, Chapter 6.

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