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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 158r

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Trinity: Two Persons flanking Dove -- Cross-nimbed dove descends between and issues rays toward Christ with right hand raised and book in left hand and toward God with right hand raised in blessing and tripartite globe in left hand, both cross-nimbed, seated on bench, within round mandorla of bicolored clouds, surrounded by four nimbed symbols of Evangelists holding scrolls with names inscribed, as follows, the eagle’s scroll inscribed IOHANNES, the angel’s scroll inscribed MARCVS (sic), the ox’s scroll inscribed LVCAS, and the lion’s scroll inscribed MATHEVS (sic). Grass and plants growing on ground. Miniature within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves, all framed by marginal extensions decorated with ivy leaves. Below miniature, rubric, CY CO(M)MENCE LE TESTAMENT QUE FIST MAISTRE JEHAN DE MEUN. Below miniature in right column, painted decorated initial L at beginning of text, LI PERES ET LI FILZ / ET LI SAINS ESPERIS …

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