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Farnese Hours
Italy, Rome, 1546
M.69, fol. 6v

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Left margin:
Border on gold, including foliate ornament; head (mask) surmounted by cross; winged putto wearing hat (?) flanked by four birds, two of them storks standing on flowers; winged head; medallion enclosing six male (?) figures surrounding altar on which is animal amid flames (Scene, Sacrificial); nude torso of woman emerging from foliage, with vase on head, flanked by two birds, and by two fantastic animals; head wearing laurel wreath; ball of fruits and foliage hanging from garland at bottom.
Lower margin:
Bird of paradise flying over landscape which includes figures, horsemen, body of water with ships, circular domed temple, other buildings.
Landscape in lower margin continues on facing page.
Text is Hours of the Virgin, Matins.

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