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Roman de la Rose
France, possibly Paris, ca. 1405
MS M.245 fol. 4r

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Miniature in left column:
Roman de la Rose: Old Age -- Personification of Old Age, labelled in scroll, as old woman, wearing veil and mantle, walks with two sticks; to right, two-storied building with closed door.
Figure against diapered background within gold frame sprouting foliage, at right of which is scroll inscribed in blue and red, QUI EST CESTE CY... CEST VIELLESSE.
Below miniature, gold initial A with blue pen flourishes at beginning of text, APPRES FU VIELLESCE POURTRAICTE / QUI ESTOIT BIEN UN SUPIE RETRAITE / …

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