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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1418
MS M.919 fol. 14r

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Initial E enclosing Evangelist John, nimbed, holding palm with right hand and with left hand chalice in which are snakes.
Margins decorated with border of ivy rinceaux inhabited by hybrid man reaching back with both hands to pull tail; woman, raising right hand, seated sideways on back of two-legged fantastic animal, turning back head, with its mouth open toward her right leg.

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