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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 12v

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Decorated initial U of Antiphon, Ueni sancte spiritus reple tuo, enclosing head of veiled woman.
Decorated initial L of Chapter, Loquente petro ad plebem cecidit spiritus sanctus super omnes, enclosing Dominican nun wearing black veil with white habit, kneeling, praying (?), holding open book with pseudo-inscriptions in raised hands.
Four decorated initials S, D, G, and S.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by veiled hybrid woman with body of snail with crozier, suggesting hybrid nun.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird.
Margin, lower, inhabited by half figure of wimpled, veiled nun praying with joined hands raised, and hybrid stork.
Margin, right, inhabited by tonsured hybrid abbot with winged animal legs, holding two croziers.
Line endings decorated.

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