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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 58r

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Six initials of Psalm 3:3-8 (Vulg., 3:4-9), T enclosing animal, U enclosing veiled head, E, N enclosing hooded head of man, Q enclosing animal, and D enclosing veiled head of woman, in Matins of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate stems.
Margin, upper, inhabited by two cocks confronting (cockfighting ?).
Margin, lower, inhabited by tonsured hybrid cleric pulling ropes of two bells (Scene, Burlesque: Ringing Bell).
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid man of head between legs; half figure of soldier wearing chain mail and hat.
Line endings decorated.

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