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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 83r

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Heraclius: Scene, bringing Cross to Jerusalem (Heraclius denied Entrance to Jerusalem) -- Three men, including one as horseman, sound trumpets and follow Emperor Heraclius, crowned, as horseman, holding up cross. All approach city gate of Jerusalem, on which is nimbed angel raising right hand to stop them.
Scene against gold punched background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In upper margin, two hybrid animals.
In right margin, hybrid man, wearing winged headgear, with hands raised, and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant (argent, two bars gules, on a canton of the second a mullet of the field).
In lower margin, two confronting hybrid animals, and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant(argent, two bars and a canton gules, within a bordure engrailed [or omitted]).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).

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