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Italy, Veneto, 1420-1430
MS M.885v

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Psalm 102 (Vulg., 101).
Rays of light fall on Benedictine monk, bearded, wearing habit, glancing upward, kneeling on one knee, hands outstretched. Behind him is building, possibly monastery, with owl perched in niche above doorway and sparrow perched on roof.
Figure within initial D decorated with foliate ornament. Stem encloses two bearded heads.
In margin, fool, nude except for boots and hood terminating in bird's head, grasps foliate ornament of initial D.
Border of foliate ornament in top and left margins.

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