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N4295 : Rare Veneto-Byzantine carved bone book cover containing part of a manuscript missal on vellum. One side in crimson and gold cut velvet, the other with Vento-Byzantine bone plaquettes sculptured in bass-relief with half-length figures of the Virgin, Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and other Saints, each figure haloed, with bands of rosette ornamentation between and surrounding the figure pieces and an outer border of leaf and flower rinceaux, the rims of the edges with a band of carved plaited strapwork design, also in bone with traces of gilding. One-hundred- two leaves of a manuscript written in bold rounded Gothic script, sixteen lines to a page, capitals of various sizes in red and blue with arabesque penwork ornamentation in contrasting blue or red, some of the large capitals will illumination painted in dull gold.

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