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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 18v

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Decorated initial M of Canticle, Magnificat anima mea dominum.
Decorated initial O of Antiphon, O rex glorie domine uirtutum, enclosing tonsured head of cleric.
Three decorated initials, S, R, and D, enclosing hybrid animal.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid man of head and arms.
Margin, left, inhabited by head of hybrid woman, wearing snood with fillet, holding scroll in its animal leg.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid bishop, wearing miter, with animal legs, and dog climbing shaft of spear.
Margin, right, hybrid animal with human hand blessing in its hindquarters (Scene, Obscaena).
Line endings decorated.

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