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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 308v

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Initial I enclosing winged Evangelist Symbol of Luke (ox), with front hooves on blank scroll; against gold background, at beginning of Ninth Lesson on the Sixteenth Sunday after Feast of Trinity. Initial C enclosing head for Collect "Custodi quaesumus Domine Ecclesiam tuam propitatione perpetua ..." Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, including strawberry, inhabited by half figure of man, holding open book with pseudo-inscriptions, emerging from cloud and flanked by possibly four helmeted soldiers emerging out of foliate buds (left); and busts of two men amid foliage (lower).

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