Item No: mca1200742
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Rome
Rare Book Department
Initial O with the Presentation in the Temple
This initial begins a prayer for the Purification of the Virgin. The Presentation in the Temple is an appropriate scene to decorate this prayer because, under Mosaic Law, a woman had to undergo a ritual purification after giving birth and, according to Luke 2:22-39, Mary took part in this ritual just before presenting Jesus in the Temple.
This manuscript can be dated to ca. 1490.
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Lewis E 120