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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 87r

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Onuphrius of Egypt: Scene, meeting Teacher -- Hooded teacher of Onuphrius, nimbed, wearing monk’s habit, with right hand holding tau-staff and with left hand extended toward Onuphrius of Egypt, nimbed, body covered in hair, with sack slung over left shoulder and with left hand holding tau-staff, raising right hand to indicate himself, kneeling; both to right of cave.
At right, teacher, wearing hooded monk’s habit, with left hand on tau-staff, extends right hand toward cave beside Onuphrius of Egypt, nimbed, body covered in hair, tau-staff under right arm, both hands gesturing toward mouth of the cave.
Scenes in common landscape of trees all framed by two trees, one a palm tree.
Illustration of Paphnutius, Life of Onuphrius, Parts 14 and 15.

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