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France, Amiens, between 1280 and 1299
MS M.729 fol. 315r

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1) In initial D, decorated with geometric ornament and foliate spandrels, appears a bust of bearded Evangelist John whose nimbus is inscribed with his name, S. IOHANNES.
2) Margins - Rectilinear bars decorated with interlace and foliage, enclosing seven French heraldic shields, including Hangest (two), Count of Soissons (one), Count of Grandpr³b (one), and Moreuil (three), and two heads of youths, including one in profile, wearing headband, and inhabited by a hybrid bird confronting a hybrid animal, a rabbit, a dog with a bell collar, a hybrid man confronting a hybrid animal, and two birds.

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