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Italy, Padua, ca. 1287-1300
MS M.436 fol. 156r

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1) Temple of Zerubbabel: Building -- In upper register of initial I, man, wearing hat, looks up at trowel raised in his right hand to top of arch. He holds stone (?) or tool with left hand; basin rests on ledge of opening of arch.
2) Cyrus the Great: Proclamation -- In lower register of initial I beneath trefoil arch, Cyrus the Great, wearing crown or hat, seated on bench, looks and indicates with right hand, upward.
Scene within initial decorated with foliate ornament.
Gold balls, and vine decorated with balls and foliate ornament terminating in foliate medallion enclosing bird.
Beginning of Ezra.

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