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Book of Hours
France, possibly Lille, ca. 1445
M.304 fol. 18r

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Moses: Israelites smitten by Serpents -- Within initial D, winged serpent, with horns, entwined around dead tree, is surrounded by eight Israelites, six wearing hats, bleeding from wounds, reclining or sitting on ground. Next to one Israelite is scroll inscribed PECCA(TA) NOSTRA MERUERUNT.
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament inhabited by man wearing hat looking toward fantastic animal with tongue emerging from its mouth; hybrid man wearing hat, with bow and arrow, face on hindquarters with foliage emerging from mouth; hybrid man with bird body; hybrid man wearing hat holding object.

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