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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 220r

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Half-figure of man, left hand to face, extending right hand, in initial T.
In upper margin, medallion enclosing bust of prophet holding with right hand, scroll with pseudo-inscription, flanked by floreate ornament and gold balls; in lower margin, back-turned bust of prophet with scroll with pseudo-inscription within medallion flanked by two birds, including partridge, and by flowers and gold balls. Medallions linked by red band decorated with foliate ornament in center margin.
Beginning of text for first lesson in first nocturn in Matins on third Sunday in September.
Pen-flourished initial D.

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