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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 72r

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Six initials, T, T, M, C enclosing animal head, Q enclosing hybrid animal, and E, all of Psalm 126 (Vulg., 125), in Vespers of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Margins decorated with rectilinear bars.
Margin, upper, inhabited by Hell Mouth with bell in its open jaws, and head of bird.
Margin, lower, inhabited by nude man surmounted by lantern on head, straddling pole on two of three spherical objects, possibly mirrors, and by hybrid man wearing fantastic headgear or pot or kettle on head.
Margin, right, inhabited by tonsured hybrid cleric, armless, with legs, bearing ladder on head and leg.
Line endings decorated.

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