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brush emblem
 

 
bit emblem

Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio (detail). Rogers Fund, 1939 (39.153).

 

Two complementary emblems are an obvious allusion to a program of skillful governance. One is a brush and the other a bit—both implements used in the care of horses, the first to clean and stroke obedient horses, the second to restrain difficult ones.

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