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Roman de la Rose
Belgium, possibly Tournai, ca. 1390
MS G.32 fol. 77r

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Miniature in right column:
Roman de la Rose: Scene, God of Love presenting Crown to False Seeming -- God of Love (Eros), crowned, winged, extends arms (hands missing, no crown) toward Personification of False Seeming, tonsured, in monk’s habit, with right hand raised and pilgrim’s staff within extended left arm, and Personification of Forced Abstinence, in nun’s habit, with right arm extended, pilgrim’s staff within left arm, and scrip over the left arm.
Scene against diapered background within frame decorated with five tendrils of trefoil leaves.
Miniature followed on folio 77v by red initial F with blue pen flourishes at beginning of text, FAULZ SAMBLANT PAR TEL CONUENANT / SERAS A MOY TOUT TON VIUANT / …

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