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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 171r

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Trinity, represented as three persons, rayed crosses as nimbi, bearded, seated on arc amid aureole of light. Central figure raises right hand in blessing and holds tripartite globe surmounted by cross in left hand. Flanking figures hold tripartite globe surmounted in cross in right hands and scepters in left hands.
Below miniature, nine angels (representing nine choirs?) in various poses within border framing text.
Initial L decorated with foliate ornament begins antiphon for Suffrage to the Holy Trinity.

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