MS M.399, fol. 314v

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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. 314v

Within a landscape, a nimbed Onuphrius of Egypt, wearing sackcloth, kneels with his hands joined before a crucifix in a niche of a stone wall. He holds a rosary in his right hand.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with flowers, including a potted plant, and inhabited by a butterfly, snails, and a fly.


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