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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 391v

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Initial M enclosing half figure of Ambrose of Milan, mitered, wearing vestment fastened with morse, at beginning of First Lesson for Feast of Evangelist Matthew (09.21). Initials Q and D enclosing heads of men, wearing hats, at beginning of Third and Fourth Lessons. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, including strawberry, inhabited by busts of four men, three wearing hats, emerging from clouds (upper and lower), and half figures of two angels, one holding blank scroll and one gesturing, emerging from clouds (left).

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