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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 75r

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Six decorated initials, Q enclosing hybrid animal, I, B, G enclosing animal head, T enclosing animal head, I enclosing nimbed male saint, at beginning of Hymn, Ipsa te cogat pietas, and T enclosing animal head, in Compline of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Margins decorated with rectilinear and curvilinear foliate stems.
Margin, lower, inhabited by monkey, holding staff or rod, seated in chair, and nude man squatting amid foliate stem [cf. Randall (1966), p. 56: "Ape as Schoolmaster").
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid bird with two intertwined necks and crowned heads.
Line endings decorated.

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