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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 16v

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Decorated initial N of Psalm 87:5 (Vulg., 86:5), Numquid Syon dicet homo et homo natus est in ea, enclosing bust of hooded man.
Decorated initial D of Psalm 87:6 (Vulg., 86:6), Dominus narrabit in scripturis populorum, enclosing bust of veiled woman.
Decorated initials, M, E, S enclosing hybrid animal, G, And V.
Upper and lower margins decorated with rectilinear bars.
Margin, upper, inhabited by nude couple having intercourse (?), the man’s anus poked with long beak by hybrid animal.
Margin, left, inhabited by butterfly, and tonsured hybrid man.
Margin, lower, inhabited by tonsured hybrid man with body of snail and tonsured head of man with arms as detached limbs.
Line endings decorated.

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