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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 274v

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Miniature, column: Job: seated among Ashes and Job: with Wife -- Job, wearing ermine-trimmed hat, nude, seated on ashes (dungheap). Behind him, devil, with claw hands and feet and two grotesque faces on abdomen, raises whip with right hand. At right, Wife of Job, wearing veiled headdress, with right hand raised, accompanied by three maidens. Scene in landscape with trees and several birds in flight and with city buildings in background. Beginning of First Lesson in First Nocturn in Matins on the First Sunday in September. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration inhabited by half figures of two prophets, wearing draped headgear, emerging from cloudy arcs, holding scrolls inscribed NUDUS EGRESSUS and SI BONA SUSCEPIMUS (left).

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