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Roman de la Rose
France, possibly Paris, ca. 1405
MS M.245 fol. 89r

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Miniature in left column:
Roman de la Rose: Scene, Forced Abstinence and False Seeming speaking to Slander -- Female Personification of Slander, labelled in scroll, wearing flowing headdress, head bent, sits before female Personification of Forced Abstinence, wearing kerchief, male Personification of False Seeming, wearing hood under pilgrim’s hat decorated with scalloped shell and bearing pilgrim’s shoulder pouch, and male pilgrim wearing cap and garment decorated with scallop shell on sleeve, all in guise of pilgrims, labelled in scroll, holding pilgrims’ staves.
Scene against diapered background within frame sprouting foliage, at left of which is scroll, inscribed in red and blue, LES PELERINS: ET MALEBOUCHE.
Below miniature, blue initial Q with red pen flourishes at beginning of text, QUANT LI PELERIN VENUS FURENT / A MALEBOUCHE COME IL DURENT / .... [Lecoy ed., 12117; Dahlberg, trans., 12147].

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