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Gospel book
Armenia, Dǎsirk', 13th century
MS M.620 fol. 188r

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Rectangular headpiece with niche of ogee arch, decorated with geometric and foliate ornament.
Above, vessel decorated with two heads of ox issuing water to beaks of pair of cocks; flanked by pair of cocks.
Below, winged ox, symbol for Evangelist Luke, forming part of initial and incipit for Luke 1:1 written in pharagir (zoomorphic) letters.
Right margin, cross at upper right, and decorated with floreate and interlace ornament.

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