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

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Six decorated initials, D enclosing bust of beardless man, at beginning of Chapter, Disciplina pacis, N enclosing head of bearded man, at beginning of Canticle, Nunc dimittis, Q, Q and L enclosing animal heads, and G decorated with foliage, in Compline of Long Hours of the Cross / Hours of the Passion.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid man wearing headgear.
Margin, lower, inhabited by monkey with object on its back, and hybrid cleric, tonsured, with tail in form of human hand blessing (Obscaena).
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid bird with rabbit’s ears.
Line endings decorated.

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