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Cuerden psalter
England, Oxford, ca. 1270
MS M.756 fol. 79r

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Psalm 053:01 (Vulg., 052:01) -- Male fool, bald, stands with round loaf in raised left hand to mouth and with club in right hand, behind two prostrate men, before two standing men, one gesturing, at right; above, Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, emerges from clouds, gesturing toward the four "children of men" below.
Scene against gold background, within initial D decorated with foliate volutes, enclosing two hooded hybrid men, and issuing rectilinear foliate bars in upper, left, and lower margins.
In lower margin with hybrid man with long beard and long tail, forming part of horizontal foliate bar, physician, wearing cap, sits on bench, looking at urinal in raised hands (Doctoring), hooded hybrid man points to his hindquarters, and nude cynocephalus, wearing pointed cap, sqats showing genitals (Scene, Obscaena).

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