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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.625 fol. 69r

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Sabas of Jerusalem: Scene, visiting Salustius of Jerusalem -- At left, outside cross-surmounted monastery, group of tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, the foremost two gesturing, all approach crenellated buildings with tower and portal, above which are half-figures of Sabas of Jerusalem, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with right hand raised, beside Salustius of Jerusalem, wearing miter and vestments, both in conversation with each other. To far right, within building, group of tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits.
Illustration of Cyril of Scythopolis, Life of Sabas, Chapter 30.

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