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Book of Hours
Belgium, probably Brussels, 1533
MS M.491 fol. 60v

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Barbara of Nicomedia, nimbed, seated on ground beside tower, holds palm in right hand and book in both hands.
In background, Barbara of Nicomedia: betrayed by Shepherd -- Within valley in landscape, shepherd tending flock points toward the right.
Above, Barbara of Nicomedia: Martyrdom -- On hill within landscape, man raises sword above head of Barbara, kneeling, joined hands raised.
Miniature and text framed by architectural border.
Initial M decorated with foliate ornament begins suffrage to Barbara of Nicomedia.

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