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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 96v

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Mary of Edessa: Scene, Death -- At left, among group of men and at least two women (most with only heads visible), wearing caps, one lowering hands toward Mary of Edessa, veiled with wimple, wearing nun’s habit, with joined hands raised to right cheek, seated in doorway of cross-surmounted cell.
Mary of Edessa: Scene, Obsequies -- Mary of Edessa, eyes closed, veiled with wimple, wearing nun’s habit, with wrists crossed on waist, laying on draped bed, head on pillow. At her head, group of tonsured monks (most with only heads visible), wearing monk’s habits, the foremost three holding processional cross, and two with torches. Beside the bed, tonsured priest, holding open book with pseudo-inscriptions. At her feet, woman, wearing cap, raising joined hands to right cheek, accompanied by group of six men (some with only heads visible).
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Life of Abraham and Mary of Edessa.

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