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Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico
France, Dijon, late 13th century
MS M.534 fol. 1r

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Initial I with lozenges enclosing: fantastic animals, one horned, one wearing conical hat or tiara, one crowned; hybrid man wearing miter; hybrid man with horns; cock; bird. At top of initial, medallion enclosing dragon. At bottom of initial, wheel enclosing heads or masks of lion, bear (?), and four men.
Beginning of Book 16, Chapter 1 of Josephus, Antiquitates Judaicae.

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