MS M.399, fol. 227r

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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. 227r

The initial D beginning Vespers of Office of the Dead is decorated with foliate ornament.
The text is framed by a border decorated with flowers and inhabited by butterflies, a caterpillar, a bird, a snail, and a skull.


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