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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 217r

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Initial C enclosing head of bearded man. Decorated initial for Eighth Lesson in Matins on 1.25, Feast of Conversion of Apostle Paul. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by half figure of angel, emerging from cloud, holding blank scroll, flanked by busts of two man, wearing hats, amid foliage (upper); among two men, one wearing hat, both with purses tied to belts, the other with left hand holding loop of beads, possibly rosary (right); half figure of angel, emerging from cloud, gesturing, flanked by half figures of man and woman, both gesturing amid foliage (lower).

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