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Farnese Hours
Italy, Rome, 1546
M.69, fol. 41r

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Right margin:
Panel enclosing bird with outspread wings perched on foliage resting on base atop human head (mask); soldier, wearing helmet, holding lance with right hand, astride bridled rearing horse; mask as base of vase in which is foliage.
Lower margin:
Two soldiers, astride bridled horses, on hill above scene of feast of Testaccio including horsemen with lances, many bannered, and figures with spears, within and without large circle formed of figures holding spears. All surrounded by wall in background. At right, hill on which is animal and cart in open space bordered by figures, some with spear or lance. In foreground are two viewing stands with ramps for access, and another building.
Scene in lower margin continued from facing page.
Text is from Hours of the Virgin, None.

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