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  Bible with Missal  
Bible with Missal
France, Paris, c. 122040

Historiated Initial L with the Tree of Jesse. The Gospel of Matthew opens with a Tree of Jesse under which Jesse, one of Christ's ancestors, is asleep. A vine grows near his head. Within its tendrils are four half-length figures; Christ is the uppermost one with his hand raised in blessing.

University of Pennsylvania, The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Philadelphia, MS Codex 236, fol. 302v

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