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France, Paris, 1285-1297
MS M.1042 fol. 37v

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Psalm 053, verse 1 (Vulg., 052, verse 1).
Devil descends toward bald male fool, partly nude, wearing mantle, raising with right hand round loaf to mouth and holding in left hand bauble surmounted by hooded human head.
Psalm 053, verse 2(Vulg., 052, verse 2).
Head of Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, appears in cloud above David, crowned, kneeling with joined hands, and male falconer, wearing gloves, standing, raising right forefinger toward the Lord and holding falcon on his left wrist.
Figures against diapered background decorated with fleurs-de-lis, within initial D decorated with foliage. Marginal extensions of foliage and gold balls.

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