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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 206r

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Initial I enclosing half figure of man, wearing hat, with right hand raised; against gold background. Decorated initial for First Lesson in Matins for Monday of Easter Week. Initial D enclosing head of man, wearing hat, at Second Lesson. Illustration for First Nocturn in Matins on Monday of Easter Week. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by half figure of angel, emerging from cloud, holding open book with pseudo-inscriptions (upper); half figure of man, wearing hat, flanked above and below by angels, both partly kneeling, one playing lute and the other playing trumpet (right); half figures of two men, gesturing (upper and lower right); bust of man amid foliage (lower).

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