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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1490-1500
MS M.7 fol. 76r

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Trinity: God, Lamb and Dove -- God, nimbed, wearing papal vestments and papal tiara, sits on throne with lamb, with crossed nimbus, bleeding from wound in side, standing on lap of God. God holds on left knee with left hand closed book, and with right hand gestures toward dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, hovering beside throne, all in sky above landscape and flanked by wings of angels.
Below is group of men, possibly Twenty-four Elders, looking upward toward Trinity, one kneeling, all beside four crowns cast on ground below throne. To right, before structure, is Evangelist John, nimbed, with left hand raised and looking toward Trinity. Behind him stands angel.
Frame surrounding miniature with incipit at bottom inscribed IN PRINCIPIO ERAT UERBUM.

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