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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 408v

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Initial B enclosing half figure of John of Damascus, nimbed, mitered, wearing bishop’s vestment, with gloved right hand holding crozier, and with left hand holding book; against filigree background, at beginning of First Lesson for Feast of Relics (11.08). Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by two prophets, wearing hats, emerging from clouds, holding scrolls inscribed B(EA)TI Q(UI) LUGE(N)T and DIUERSE S(UN)T (left).

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