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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 74r

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Three decorated initials, D enclosing cross with trefoil terminals, at beginning of Collect, Domine ihesus christe eterne beatitudinis meritum, in Vespers of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion, B, and C, supported by hybrid animal, at beginning of first Versicle of Compline in Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Margins decorated with rectilinear and curvilinear foliate stems.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid bird.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird.
Margin, lower, inhabited by two rabbits, one holding open book, and the other reading open book, beside open book.
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid bird wearing headgear, with beak holding open book, and hybrid man, armless, exposing hindquarters (Obscaena).
Line endings decorated.

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