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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 42r

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Five decorated initials, including initial P of Antiphon, Paratur nobis mensa domini, enclosing profile head of man, initial Q of Chapter, Quicumque manducauerit panem, enclosing profile bust of man with spherical object (green) at mouth, and initial U of Response, Unus panus et unum corpus, enclosing head of man.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid man forming part of curvilinear foliate stem.
Margin, left, hybrid animal with long beak, and arm as detached limb (not visible in phot.).
Margin, lower, inhabited by hound pursuing rabbit and stag, and hybrid animal with wavy beak and flower.
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid man balancing box on head (Scene, Burlesque: Balancing) and two birds perching on the box, and cage above.

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