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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.1004 fol. 130r

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Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament including strawberry, inhabited by: 1) merman, wearing helmet, holding scythe over right shoulder and shield with left hand, in upper margin; 2) archer, wearing hat of leaves, right arm pulled back as if shooting arrow, left arm extended holding bow, kneeling on one knee, in right margin; 3) wolf with sheep on his back, holding one leg of sheep in his mouth (Bestiary: Wolf and Sheepcote ?), in lower margin; 4) vase in lower margin, from which emerge vine, strawberry and flower. Text from suffrages to Archangel Michael and John Baptist.

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