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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 373v

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Initial C enclosing tonsured cleric, seated on bench, with right hand raised to indicate leaf of pseudo-incriptions on writing tablet held in left hand hand, at beginning of First Lesson for Feast of Assumption of the Virgin (08.15). Initial D enclosing head of man, wearing hat, at beginning of Second Lesson, "De assumptione eius qualiter assumpta ..." Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by five half figures of possibly helmeted soldiers emerging from foliate buds (left).

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