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Roman de la Rose
France, possibly Paris, ca. 1405
MS M.245 fol. 74v

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Miniature in left column:
Roman de la Rose: Wealth -- Personification of Wealth, labelled in scroll, wearing headdress on head inclined to left, and necklace (?), stands with right hand raised and left hand extended.
Figure against diapered background within frame sprouting foliage, at left of which is scroll, inscribed in red and blue, CEST DAME CY: CEST RICHESSE.
Below miniature, blue initial L with red pen flourishes at beginning of text, LONGUE ET MAIGRE LASSE ET VAINE / GRANT SOUFFREITE A DE PAIN D’AVAINE / ..., which describes condition of Hunger (FAIN) [Lecoy, ed., 10133; Dahlberg, trans., 10163], not depicted in the miniature.

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