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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 9v

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Decorated initial D of Psalm 15:1 (Vulg., 14:1), Domine quis habitabit in tabernaculo tuo, enclosing hybrid man of head with hoofed feet, exposing anus.
Decorated initial Q of Psalm 15:3 (Vulg., 14:3), Qui loquitur ueritatem in corde suo, enclosing head of man.
Other initials, U of Hymn, Ueni creator, decorated with foliage, and Q enclosing animal head, N enclosing forepart of animal and A enclosing animal hybrid, verses of Psalm 15 (Vulg., 14).
Beginnings of first verse of Hymn, Ueni creator, and Psalm 15 (Vulg., 14) in Prime of Long Hours of the Holy Spirit.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by seated dog with bell collar.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird, and hybrid man with long neck.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid man with hand bell, and hybrid tonsured cleric with open book of pseudo-inscriptions.
Margin, right, inhabited by nude cleric, wearing almuce or shawl, exposing anus, pulling rope of bell suspended from foliate tendril.
Line endings decorated and inhabited by dog pursuing rabbit and hybrid stork.

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