Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
172 x 125 mm
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910
MS M.399, fol. 114r
The initial I beginning the Gospel Sequence of Luke is decorated with foliate ornament.
The border framing the text is decorated with flowers, including in the right border an iris and a lily in a vase. A caterpillar and a butterfly inhabit the lower and upper borders.
Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.