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Vaticinia de summis pontificibus
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1465
MS M.272 fol. 3r

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Benedict XI, inscribed DOMINUS PAPA NICHOLAUS ORDINIS PREDICATORUM DE TERVISIO DEINDE BENEDICTUS UNDECIMUS PAPA, wearing triple-crowned papal tiara, holds book in left hand and raises right hand, toward tree entwined by amphisbaena with tail terminating in second head. To right, raven flies toward the pope. Below text, motto of Pope Benedict XI, VIRI SORTIS INVIDETE ORBABUNTUR. Folio numbered "Septimus" at upper margin.

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