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Farnese Hours
Italy, Rome, 1546
M.69, fol. 91r

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Left margin:
Border is decorated with: foliate ornament; two birds; two winged women standing atop pedestals linked to building with pediment, garland draped above door; below the building nude man, flanked by two birds, standing on base resting on head of Diana of Ephesus (Artemis), veiled, her chest decorated with two figures flanking object, possibly shield, and crab, her torso covered with breasts, and two lions sitting on her arms (?); tiered pedestal decorated with animals including unicorns, horses, winged horses (Pegasus), lions and cattle. Two dogs flank base of the pedestal.
Lower margin:
Coastal landscape, with city and wall with towers, ships.
Landscape continued from facing page.
Text is from Office of the Dead, Matins, Second Nocturne, Psalm 27 (Vulg. 26)

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