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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 1r

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Initial T of Tuam decorated with terminal of animal head, wearing hood, and enclosing entwined serpent-like hybrid animal biting the initial and partly forming ascender terminating in foliage in upper right margin. Initial D of Domine enclosing head of man against gold background; the initial bit by animal head and forming descender extending across lower margin, terminating in head of hybrid crane-like bird. Illustrated initials beginning prayers preceding Calendar, including the Salvator Mundi.

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