Mike H wrote:
That's excellent, about the bead necklace. I never noticed it on the PBM.
It was fresh on my mind – I had recently painted that card onto to a wood board for that bag toss game (aka “cornhole”; the other board was of course a lunar image).
Back to Marco’s point that coral was associated with the infant Christ; cross-check that with a post I made in that heated “Visconti marriage & betrothal commemorations” thread on 07 Feb 2013, 10:22 viewtopic.php?f=11&t=917&p=13644&hilit=visconti+rays+head#p13644:
[Kirsch, 1991: 74f, on Giangaleazzo's funeral eulogy in 1402:] “The Duke of Milan and Count of Virtues, whose ensign in life had been the rays of the sun, said Petrus [de Castelletto, Augustinian friar], would in death receive a radiant crown terminating in twelve stars, each representing one of his virtues; the crown, moreover, would be none other than that described in Revelations 12:1 as belonging to the Woman of the Apocalypse.”
Its not too much of a reach to see the PMB Sun card as Giangaleazzo’s post-mortem radiant solar crown (conjoined with a death mask that would rule out one of Sforza's children) held aloft by a putto, but now signifying the apotheosis of Filippo. There are not 12 rays (12 virtues no longer emphasized but rather the standard 7 virtues in the PMB deck) but the cruciform emphasis of the rays on the PMB sun mask suggest a Christ-like resurrection. Filippo’s funeral rites were not properly recognized by the Ambrosian Republic per Filelfo (Ode IV.1.32), belatedly rectified here in the PMB card.