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While the first rule of St Clare says merely that |reluceat vilitas, austeritas et paupertas in forma, pretio, pariter et in colore' in the nuns' habit, and that their headdress may be of black and white, a thirteenth-century depiction of the saint and her nuns on a panel painted by the St Clare Master, preserved in the Basilica of St Clare in Assisi, shows the colour clearly.