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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 102v

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Decorated initial A of Prayer / Salutation to Virgin Mary, Aue maria gratia plena ... uentris tui.
Initial L of Locutus sum in lingua mea notum fac michi, enclosing bust of hooded man, wearing cap, and other initials E, enclosing two birds, and E enclosing two animal heads, of the same text (from Psalm 39:4-5 (Vulg., 38:5-6)), and decorated initial S.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird.
Margin, lower, inhabited by monkey pursued by dog.
Margin, right, inhabited by half figure of man holding spear.

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