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Book of Hours for Rome Use
France, Paris, early 16th century

Allegory of Death. In this Book of Hours, the Office of the Dead opens with a richly clothed nobleman flanked on the left by a demon and a skeleton wielding a spear, and on the right by an angel and a woman dressed in black. Below the nobleman's feet, a fiery and sharp-toothed Hellmouth opens its jaws to receive him.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 113, fol. 40

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