Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans

Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans f. 41r, Tobias and Sarah abandon Echatana

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f. 41r, Tobias and Sarah abandon Echatana

This illustration that depicts one of the episodes in the tale of Tobias depicted least often: his departure with his wife Sara from Ecbatana. The representation of the city is one of the most deficient in the manuscript: a fortified enclosure with towers and an entrance opening, shows two stretches of wall in a poor perspective. In front of it are two asses, with the items that Raguel gave the spouses for their marriage, accompanied by two persons, one of whom is repeated in the following illustration and could be the Archangel Raphael, albeit without his angelical appearance. The spouses are in the foreground: Tobias holds Sara’s left hand in his right, an indication of the power acquired over his wife and a marriage which, as the biblical narrative says, was between equals. Tobias’s outstretched left hand indicates the road to Ninive. Sara modestly lowers her head under the gaze of her husband.

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