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England, possibly London, late 13th century
MS M.102 fol. 52v

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Psalm 052 (Vulg., 051).
1) Initial Q: Christ: Betrayal and Arrest -- Judas embraces Christ by grasping His nimbus and shoulder to kiss Him. Christ holds book in His left hand, and is flanked by two men in tunics.
One raises lantern; the other holds halberd. To right, Apostle Peter, nimbed and tonsured, grasps Malchus and cuts his ear with sword.
Scene with architectural frame, on gold background, within initial Q decorated with foliate ornament, foliate spandrels, and foliate extensions, partly formed by hybrid animal.
2) Pen-drawn line endings:
Hybrid man with tail and one leg, fish, and abstract penwork.

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