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Italy, Padua, ca. 1287-1300
MS M.436 fol. 400v

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Bust of man holding book with both hands in initial T decorated with foliate ornament extender on which stands man pulling sword from sheath.
Apostle, Paul: Letter to Thessalonians -- Paul, nimbed, holds with both hands, scroll also held by cleric, tonsured.
Scene within initial P decorated with foliate ornament and with foliate extenders terminating in foliate medallion enclosing half figure of man holding book with draped left hand in lower margin.
Beginning of I Thessalonians, Argument and I Thessalonians

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