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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 5v

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Evangelist John, nimbed, standing with right hand raised in blessing and with left hand holding chalice, in which is wafer, and towards which cross-nimbed dove descends from clouds; tree.
Figure against gold diapered and punched background, within gabled architectural frame with pinnacles and finials, in initial D with foliate ornament, all within diapered panel.
Beginning of first versicle of Lauds of Long Hours of the Holy Spirit.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, upper, inhabited by crowned hybrid man.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird; veiled female musician, playing portative organ; hybrid man of head wearing cap and animal legs.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid man of head wearing cap and two animal legs; hybrid man playing bagpipe; seated rabbit nibbling leaf.
Margin, right, inhabited by female donor (donee ?), wearing veiled headdress, with joined hands raised in prayer toward left, kneeling beside open book, on foliate stem.

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