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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 66r

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Four initials, I at beginning of Psalm 43 (Vulg., 42), Iudica me deus, enclosing male youth standing within trefoil arch, Q enclosing hybrid animal, and two decorated initials E, in Terce of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid snail with sword.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird.
Margin, lower, inhabited by bird, pecking breast, and hybrid of animal head and human legs, exposing hindquarters (Obscaena), armed with spear.
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid soldier, wearing chain mail, armed with cross-inscribed bannered spear.
Line endings decorated

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