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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.625 fol. 46r

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1) Mutius of Egypt: Scene, testing Manichaean Teacher -- Mutius of Egypt, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with joined hands raised, seated amid flames. To right, group of men, push forward foremost man, possibly Manichaean Teacher.
2) Mutius of Egypt: Scene, Thief cooking stolen Vegetables -- In center, thief with left hand holding spoon and with right hand holding leafy vegetable over suspended cauldron over fire.
3) Mutius of Egypt: Scene, hearing Confession of Thief -- To far right, thief kneeling, with arms crossed on breast, beside Mutius of Egypt, tonsured, wearing hooded monk’s habit, raising right hand in blessing.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 9.

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