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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 52v

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Four initials, G decorated, S and A, both enclosing animals, and H enclosing foliage and terminal head of man, at beginning of Chapter, Habentes pontificem magnum, in Compline of Hours of the Holy Sacrament.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid man of head and hoofed legs with tail, exposing hindquarters.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid animal, and bird.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid bird and two hybrid animals supporting gaming board.
Margin, right, inhabited by monkey, upside down, holding strap of purse.
Line endings decorated.

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