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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 78r

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Jerome, nimbed, tonsured, standing with joined hands raised, beside tree, looking up toward half figure of God, nimbed, emerging from clouds above.
Figures against gold, blue, and pink diapered background within cinquefoil arch with finial and pinnacles, all within decorated initial U with gold background, at beginning of Psalm 5, Uerba mea auribus percipe domine.
Margins decorated with foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid snail and hybrid animal with beak.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid woman wearing snood with fillet.
Margin, lower, inhabited by man holding fish, stag on hind legs, and tonsured abbot holding crozier; below, monkey wearing miter on back, walking on all fours, and butterfly.
Margin, right, inhabited by female donor, wearing headdress, holding open book with both hands, kneeling on foliate stem, and pet dog, and by bird above.
Line ending decorated.

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