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Initial Q: An Abbot Receiving a Child
Paris France Sens (or) France (Place created)
about 1170 - 1180
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 44.3 x 29.1 cm (17 7/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
An initial Qopens this section on simony, the improper sale or purchase of holy things, with an example of a case brought before the court: Quidam habens filium obtulit eum (A certain man having a son offers him...). Supported by an Atlas-like creature, the initial Q serves as the stage for an abbot, seated on the left, who takes a young child into the
The illuminator's figure style here is typically