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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 35r

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Decorated initial D of Chapter, Dominus ihesus in qua nocte tradebatur accipit panem, with foliate extension in lower margin (see below).
Four decorated initials Q, N, G, and E of Psalms 84:11 and 12 (Vulg., 83:12 and 13), Gloria, and Antiphon, Ex altari tuo.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by bird.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid animal swallowing goblet (suggesting chalice), monkey defecating into goblet, and veiled woman standing with arms folded behind back.
Margin, right, inhabited by monkey, drinking from goblet in raised left hand and holding pitcher (suggesting ewer) in right hand, seated on structure (oven ?), with foliate stem in its aperture.
Line endings decorated.

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