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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.1004 fol. 172r

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Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament including strawberry, inhabited by: 1) youth, nude, emerging from flower, right arm drawn back as if to shoot arrow, left hand extended, holding bow, in upper margin; 2) cat licking itself, in right margin; 3) cock, held by neck in mouth of fox (Fable: Fox and Cock), in lower margin. Text from Mass for Virgin Mary.

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