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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 109v

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Pentecost -- Dove of Holy Ghost, descending from clouds, issues rays toward heads of Virgin Mary, nimbed, with hands raised, and thirteen apostles, including Paul holding sword, all seated.
Scene against gold punched background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions, sprigs of foliage, and animal head spouting foliage.
In upper margin, hybrid man, wearing dunce hat, with bat wings.
In lower margin, heraldic escutcheon of Tuchet (ermine, a chevron gules) flanked by winged hybrid man wearing dunce hat and dragon.

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