MS M.399, fol. 283v

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Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)

Ghent, Belgium
ca. 1515
172 x 125 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910

MS M.399, fol. 283v

Within a landscape, are nimbed apostles, including Apostle James Major, wearing a pilgrim's hat, Apostle Paul, holding a sword, Apostle Peter, holding a key in his right hand and a book in his left hand, Apostle Andrew, holding a saltire cross, and Evangelist John, holding a cross-staff. One apostle holds a spear.
The scene is framed by a decorated border inscribed in display script DVM STETERITIS ANTE REGES.


Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.