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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 32r

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Seven decorated initials of verses of Canticle, Te Deum laudamus, including initials U and T, each enclosing head of veiled woman.
Upper and lower margins decorated with rectilinear bars.
Margin, upper, inhabited by bust of soldier, wearing chain mail and ailettes, and hybrid woman, possibly siren, wearing snood with fillet.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid animal head with paw in its open jaws, and leg, and hybrid animal with curved beak.
Margin, right, inhabited by bust of man, wearing cap, holding mirror, and hybrid man of head, neck, and arms.
Line endings decorated.

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