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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 70r

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1) Sabas of Jerusalem: Scene, visited by Multitude -- At left, Sabas of Jerusalem, nimbed, mitered, wearing monk’s habit, embracing man, with purse tied to waist, both accompanied by groups of two tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, and three men, and all flanked by group of five men, kneeling, the foremost with joined hands raised, and thee bridled asses, two with sacks slung over backs.
2) Sabas of Jerusalem: Scene, in Lion’s Cave -- At far right, within arched opening of cave, bust of lion beside seated Sabas of Jerusalem, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with both hands holding open book with pseudo-inscriptions.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Cyril of Scythopolis, Life of Sabas, Chapters 34 and 33.

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