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Book of Hours
Italy, Bologna, 1497
M.53 fol. 129v

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, nimbed, wearing short loincloth, is affixed with three nails to cross with titulus INRI. Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, raising right hand, extending left hand toward feet of Christ, stands at right. At left, Evangelist John, nimbed, stands with hands clasped.
Scene in landscape with hills and trees; hills in distance.
1) Vignette with salamander amid flames with scroll inscribed NVTRIOR.
2) Medallion enclosing knotted cord with tassles, entwined by scroll inscribed F(IDES) ET A(MOR).
3) Vignette with flowering plant with scroll inscribed SMA.
4) Medallion enclosing sheep or lamb with scroll inscribed [...]D EST PATI(OR)
5) Medallion enclosing bundle of rods with scroll inscribed VN(ITAS) F(ORTIOR).
6) Vignette with leopard, holding palm, emerging from flames below scroll inscribed SPES MEA.
7) Vignette with three broken rods with scroll inscribed D(IVISO) FRAGILIS.
Margins decorated with border of gold scroll and floreate ornament.

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