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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1470
MS M.28 fol. 17v

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Evangelist Mark, with scalloped nimbus, sits in architectural niche on chair behind writing desk from which extends scroll with pseudo inscription. Winged lion, nimbed, lays beside writing desk. In background, man ascends spiral staircase. Scene in room with carved canopy supported by thin columns, statues, and arches.
Amid foliate ornament in margins are male hybrid with staff and human-faced shield; swan; hybrid man aiming bow and arrow; and mermaid, holding rod.

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