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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 41r

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Five decorated initials, including initial P of Hymn verse, Presta pater per filium, enclosing head of veiled woman, and initial D of Psalm 23:1 (Vulg., 22:1), Dominus regit me et nichil michi deerit, enclosing bust of woman wearing headdress.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by bird’s head with long beak.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid bird opening beak.
Margin, right, inhabited by monkey balancing two basins on sticks (Scene, Burlesque, Balancing).
Line endings decorated.

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