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Roman de la Rose
France, possibly Paris, ca. 1405
MS M.245 fol. 3v

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Miniature in left column:
Roman de la Rose: Sadness -- Personification of Sadness, labelled in scroll, with hair bedraggled, bending head, wearing tattered garment, with hands holding scraps of garment, stands on grass.
Figure against diapered background, within gold frame sprouting foliage, at right of which is scroll, inscribed in red and blue, ET TRISTESCE DE YERE.
Below miniature, gold initial D with blue pen flourishes at beginning of text, DELEZ ENUIE AUQUES PRES YERE / TRISTESCE PAINT EN LA MASIERE / …

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