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France, Paris, ca. 1250
MS G.31 fol. 151v

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Initial L decorated with animal heads and foliate ornament.
Esther: before Ahasuerus -- In upper register, Esther, crowned and wearing headdress, holding floreate scepter stands before Ahasuerus, crowned , seated, right hand on right leg, raising left hand. Scene is below arch surmounted by two towers and chimney (?).
Haman: hanged -- In lower register, below arch, Haman, blindfolded, head inclined, hands behind him, wearing loincloth, hangs from rope.
Scenes on gold background within initial I from which descends winged fantastic animal terminating in foliate ornament.
Beginning of Esther, Prologue and Esther.

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