Recently someone I know visited the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. I'm told this painting of Lorenzo de' Medici by Girolamo Macchietti hangs there. We've been unable to figure out what he's holding in his right hand - what is it?

Lorenzo de' Medici by Girolamo Macchietti, 16th century

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    Looks like it is heavy enough to have broken his wrist! – Mark C. Wallace Mar 15 '16 at 17:11
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    Pretty sure its not an iPhone. Corners aren't rounded enough. – T.E.D. Mar 15 '16 at 17:50
  • A cell phone, there is no doubt in it. – Alex Mar 16 '16 at 1:29

It is a letter.

It was a common practice at the time to depict men of business holding a letter or ledger in their portraits.

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