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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 77r

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Initial I, decorated with scrolling foliage, at beginning of Prologue to Psalter of Jerome, In Christi nomine incipit psalterium adbreuiatum. Beatus uero ieronimus in hoc modo disposuit breuiter hoc psalterium ..., in red ink.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by confronting pair of birds, each with ball in beak.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird, with ball in beak.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid snail with bat’s wings and monkey grasping leaves of tree.
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid animal or dragon spouting stream from its jaws.

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