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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 10v

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Psalm 004 (Vulg., 004) -- Initial C of Cum enclosing head of bald man, against gold background; the initial’s ascender in left margin formed by dragon-like animal biting ball also in mouth of hybrid man, and grasping the neck of the beast, all extending across upper and lower margins terminating in heads of two birds, with balls in beaks (upper right); and long-eared animal head, on which is perched hybrid animal swallowing fish (lower right). Initial C and marginal illustrations of Psalm 4.

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