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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 74v

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1) Pachomius of Egypt: Scene, Baptism -- At left, within building, Pachomius of Egypt, tonsured, nude, with joined hands raised, partly submerged in basin of water, his head poured with water from dish held by right hand of bishop, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, accompanied by group of five tonsured monks (most with only heads visible), wearing monk’s habits, the foremost with right hand holding crozier and with left hand holding object, possibly situla.
2) Pachomius of Egypt: Scene, praying -- At right, before cross-surmounted monastery, Pachomius of Egypt, wearing hooded monk’s habit, with left hand raised to face, seated beside tree.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Life of Pachomius, Chapter 3.

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