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Book of Hours
England, possibly York, 1316-1331
MS G.50 fol. 58v

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Ages of Man: Eight (Fourth Age) -- Woman as questioner, wearing pointed headdress and wimple, holds scroll, inscribed COMENT E PLET WOS UO IORIS, in her left hand and raises her right hand. Youth, as respondent and falconer, with falcon on his right wrist, and sword at his waist, holds a scroll, inscribed ENPRUES EN VALOURS.
Scene with diapered background, within initial D decorated with geometric ornament, and foliate spandrels.
Margins decorated with foliage, including oak leaves with acorns.
In left margin, hybrid man, wearing hat, supports stem of the initial D; bird is perched on foliate stem.

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