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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 49v

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Five initials, U enclosing hooded head of bird, C enclosing head of youth, M decorated with foliage, at beginning of Canticle, Magnificat anima mea, in Vespers of Hours of the Holy Sacrament, Q enclosing bird, and Q enclosing animal head.
Margins decorated with rectilinear and curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by head of bearded man, and hybrid bird.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid animal with its long beak cutting stem, bird, and hybrid stork with beak in kettle.
Margin, lower, inhabited by nude man displaying genitalia, holding scourge, and bending his hindquarters kissed by hybrid man, wearing cap (Scene, Obscaena: kissing Hindquarters).
Margin, right, inhabited by fantastic animal with kettle in its open jaws.
Line endings decorated.

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