Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans

Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans f. 41v, Tobias greets his father in Ninive

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f. 41v, Tobias greets his father in Ninive

This image is one of those represented least often in the plastic arts. It depicts Tobit as an elderly man – albeit without any of the taints that affect his eyes – in front of a walled city wearing a long, loose coat and a cap, receiving the tribute from Tobias who kneels to kiss his left hand. Behind them are Sara, the accompanying person, who is possibly the Archangel Raphael as mentioned earlier with the traits of a child or adolescent, and two beasts of burden. According to the exegetes, Tobit is the image of the ancient law whereas Tobias represents Christ illuminating the law by the clarity of his virtue.

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