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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 118v

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Christological Scene -- Christ, pearled crossed nimbus, sits with hands outstretched above two flanking groups of kneeling men, two with joined hands raised and with doves of Holy Ghost issuing from their mouths.
Scene against gold punched background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In upper margin, bird.
In right margin, hybrid woman wearing pointed hat, gesturing.
In lower margin, horned hybrid animal, winged hybrid animal, in mail, blowing pipe and playing tabor, and hybrid man and hybrid woman sounding trumpets, one with standard, both flanking heraldic escutcheon of du Bois hung from hook (argent, two bars and a canton gules).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant, hung from hook (argent, two bars gules, on a canton of the second a mullet of the field), and bird.

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