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  Page from a bible  
Northern France, probably Paris, c. 125060

Historiated Initial I with the Seven Days of Creation and the Crucifixion. Extending the entire length of the page, this initial I that begins the Book of Genesis has seven compartments showing the days of Creation. On the sixth day God creates Adam and Eve; on the seventh day he rests, holding a book. A miniature of the Crucifixion hangs from the base of the letter, linking the events of the Old Testament to the New Testament.

Swarthmore College Libraries, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Treasure MS BS 75 1200z, fol. 4v

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