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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 61v

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Five initials, S and S, both decorated with ornament, A enclosing animal, I decorated with champide, and U enclosing tonsured head of cleric, all of Canticle, Benedictus, in Lauds of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate stems.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid man of head with bat’s wing, and head of man, partly hooded.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid abbess, wearing black veil with white wimple (Dominican ?), holding crozier, and hybrid bishop wearing miter.
Margin, lower, inhabited by two hybrid men, one exposing hindquarters (obscaena), both near waters.
Line endings decorated.

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