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Missal for Rome Use
Southern Netherlands, possibly Hainault, c. 153050

Historiated Initial G with the Virgin and Her Symbols. A historiated initial marks the Feast of the Conception of the Virgin in this missal. Inside the letter G, the Virgin stands with her hands clasped in prayer, surrounded by her symbols, including a fountain, the City of God, lilies, and a gated garden. Each symbol is identified by a banderole (scroll).

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 157, fol. 149

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