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Two Elephants
Abu Sa'd' Ubayd-Allah ibn Ibrahim, known as Ibn Bakhtishu
Manafi al-Hayawan (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian
Persia, Maragha, dated 1294, 1297, or 1299
355 x 280 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.500 (fol. 13)

Ibn Bakhtīshū˓, (d. 1058)
Manāfi˓-i al-ḥayavā (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian
Persia, Maragha, between 1297 and 1300, for Shams al-Dīn Ibn Żiyā˒ al-Dīn al-Zūshkī
355 x 280 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.500

Two Mountain Rams Fighting
Abu Sa'd' Ubayd-Allah ibn Ibrahim, known as Ibn Bakhtishu
Manafi al-Hayawan (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian
Persia, Maragha, dated 1294, 1297, or 1299
355 x 280 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.500 (fol. 37)

Priest Bowing before an Altar, from the "Stefaneschi Missal," in Latin
Italy, Florence; or France, Avignon, late 1320s
Illuminated possibly for Cardinal Jacopo Stefaneschi by the Master of the St. George Codex
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.713, fol. 58
Purchased, 1927

Priest Elevating the Host, detail from the "Tiptoft Missal," Sarum use, in Latin
England, Cambridge, ca. 1320
Probably made for John Fitz-Roger Clavering and his wife, Hawse Tiptoft
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.107, fol. 142
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1902

Scenes from the Life of Christ
Leaf from the Hungarian Anjou Legendary
Illuminated by the Hungarian Master and his workshop for a Hungarian patron
Italy, Bologna?, ca. 1325–35
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.360.10

Celebration of Mass
Leaf from the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, with glossa ordinaria of Bernardo Bottoni of Parma, in Latin.
Italy, Bologna, ca. 1330
Illuminated by the Master of 1328
440 x 285 mm
Purchased from Maggs Bros. Ltd., 1927; MS M.716.4

Christ in Majesty
Leaf from a Laudario, in Italian
Illuminated by Pacino di Bonaguida for the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese
Italy, Florence, ca. 1340
454 x 335 mm
The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M.742

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