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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 85r

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1) Paphnutius of Egypt: Scene, covering Dead Brethren in Cave -- Body of nude monk, eyes closed, laying supine on ground, head partly enclosed by mouth of cave, is partly covered by draped cloth lowered in hands of Paphnutius of Egypt, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit.
2) Paphnutius of Egypt: Scene, meeting Timothy the Hermit -- Within mouth of cave, herd of eight ram surround Timothy the Hermit, nimbed, body covered in hair, with right hand raised toward Paphnutius of Egypt, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with both hands raised, beside hexagonal fountain with two animal head spouts issuing water, and before cross-surmounted monastery.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees, one a palm tree.
Illustration of Paphnutius, Life of Onuphrius, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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