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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 121r

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Scene, Liturgical: Celebration of Communion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, as High Priest, stands behind draped altar, extending wafer (host) to lips of the foremost among three kneeling nimbed male saints, including tonsured cleric, two with joined hands raised.
Scene within multifoiled arch, against gold diapered background within initial C with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In upper margin, animal running.
In right margin, hooded hybrid man holding whip, bird perching on sprig of foliage, and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant (argent, two bars gules, on a canton of the second a mullet of the field).
In lower margin, hybrid animal forming part of horizontal foliate bar decorated with animal head with protruding tongue, on which are hybrid animal and hybrid bird cock, flanking two seated men, one stretching leg and the other seated on chair; heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).

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