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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 43r

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Moses: Miracle of Manna -- Two men holding date palms, one with manna gathered in left hand, and the other holding container (omer of manna) in right hand, both kneeling, flanking mound on which are manna.
Scene against gold diapered background, beneath cinquefoil arch with pinnacles, in initial D with ascender of headless hybrid animal, within diapered panel.
Beginning of first versicle of Sext of Hours of the Holy Sacrament.
Initial N of Hymn, Noctis recolitur cena nouissima, decorated with foliate ornament.
Margins decorated with foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, left, inhabited by two birds.
Margin, lower, inhabited by man holding pestle in mortar (Pharmacy), monkey drinking from one of two vessels, two animal hybrids with long beaks back to back, and three round loaves on trestle table behind which is woman, wearing snood with fillet (only head visible) (Scene, Burlesque: Banquet).
Margin, right, inhabited by female donor, wearing veiled headdress and mantle, kneeling with joined hands raised in prayer toward left, and fox.
Margins, right and upper, inhabited by youth, wearing bicolored tunic, holding foliate branch, among which are bird and fox (fable).

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