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Funeral of Prince Ivan Asen
Manasses Chronicle, fol. 2r, Slavonic (Bulgaria), 1345
This illumination combines two events, the funeral of the royal prince and the delivery of his soul to heaven. Below, Prince Ivan Asen is depicted lying on an ornate funeral bier, wearing a crown and imperial garments with purple shoes. Patriarch of Turnovo, clergy, and Ivan Asens father, Tsar Ivan Alexander, gather around the princes head. His mother, Theodora, and his wife, Princess Irina, sister of John V Palaiologos, bend over his body in sorrow. At the feet of the corpse, an angel holds the princes scepter and a sphere. Above the scene, the soul of Prince Ivan is carried by an angel to the open gates of heaven.
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