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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 49v

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Paphnutius of Heracleopolis: Scene, Angel indicating Good Neighbor -- Paphnutius of Heracleopolis, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, kneeling with joined hands raised before altar on which is cross, looks up toward nimbed, flying angel, with left hand indicating him and with right hand indicating three men, wearing tattered clothing, two with bandages on heads, all seated before draped table spread with three round loaves and one dish, touched by two of the men.
At far right, among group of men, wearing hats or bandages, one pilgrim, wearing broad-rimmed hat decorated with scallop shell, the foremost man seated on stool, with joined hands raised, with both feet submerged in basin washed by extended hands of nimbed Good Neighbor, wearing apron, kneeling.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 16.

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