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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 65v

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Christ: Flagellation -- Christ, cross-nimbed, wearing long loin cloth, covered with wounds, in front of column, flanked by two men, one wearing winged headgear, holding grapnel in right hand and with left hand grasping His shoulder, and the other raising scourge.
Scene against gold diapered background, beneath cinquefoil arch of gable with pinnacles, in initial D with foliate ascender of animal hybrid, within diapered panel.
Beginning of first versicle of Terce of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Cross within initial O at beginning of Hymn, O crux aue spes unica. hoc redemptionis tempore.
Margins decorated with foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, left, inhabited by female donor (donee?), wearing veil over snood, kneeling with joined hands raised, on foliate stem.
Margin, lower, inhabited by male musician playing bagpipe, on tip of foliate stem, and nude male figure, exposing hindquarters, kneeling, playing bowls (three); below, two men, including one wearing hat and holding staff.
Margin, right, inhabited by bird.

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