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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 38r

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Scene, Liturgical: Oblation -- Lamb behind cleric or monk, partly kneeling, holding Personification of Soul on draped altar.
Scene against gold diapered background, within cinquefoil arch with pinnacles, in initial D with ascender of headless winged hybrid animal, within diapered panel.
Beginning of first versicle of Prime of Hours of the Holy Sacrament.
Margins decorated with foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, upper, inhabited by crowned hybrid man of two legs and one hand.
Margin, left, inhabited by two birds (partly visible in phot.).
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid man as musician, playing harp (Burlesque), rabbit and dog on hind legs, and snail.
Margin, right, inhabited by bird, and female donor (donee ?), wearing veiled headdress and mantle with vair collar and vair-lining, with joined hands raised in prayer toward left, and pet dog recumbent.

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