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Pontifical matutinale and missal of Jean Coeur
France, Bourges, ca. 1465
G.49 fol. 94r

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Martin of Tours, nimbed, wearing bishop's miter, holds open book in his lap, and sits in draped throne. He is flanked by two abbots (?), one holding staff in right hand and other holding crozier in left hand. Figures within decorated initial S.
Face in penwork initial B.
Top and bottom margins are decorated with floreate borders. In lower margin is cross-surmounted escutcheon with arms of Jean Coeur (azure, three hearts gules, on a fesse or three escallops argent), surmounted by scroll with inscription MORIR CO(VIENT) SOVENT ADVI(ENT ET N)EN SOVI(ENT).

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