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England, perhaps Oxford, ca. 1265
MS G.42 fol. 330v

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Evangelist John, nimbed and tonsured, holding knife in right hand and pen (?) in left hand, is seated within arch, on bench before open book on lectern.
Figure on gold background within initial I decorated with marginal extensions containing foliate ornament and fantastic animals.
Beginning of John.

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