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Livres du roy Modus et de la royne Racio
France, Lyon, ca. 1465
MS M.820. Fol. 148r

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Livres du Roy Modus et de la Royne Ratio: Scene, Third Vision of Author -- Dove of Holy Ghost, crossed nimbus, hovers above four red seraphs (?) within cloud-edged arc of Heaven flanked by Modus and Ratio, both crowned, both with joined hands, kneeling on clouds, looking up at the Holy Ghost. Author, wearing chaperon, hands tucked into sleeves, stands at left. In foreground are 13 beasts including dragons, some winged, serpent (snake), all with tongues emerging from open mouths. At right, in sky, are seven mirrors by means of which man may see temporal government.
Grisaille miniature with addition of color.

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