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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 11r

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Psalm 005 (Vulg., 005) -- Initial U of Uerba enclosing hybrid serpent-like animal, against gold background; the initial’s ascender terminating in right margin in bust of soldier, helmeted and wearing mail, with left hand holding shield and with both hands transfixing terminal of long-necked hybrid animal through mouth; the descender formed by dragon-like hybrid animal biting frame and extending across lower margin, on which perches bird-like hybrid animal with open beak. Initial U and marginal illustrations of Psalm 5.

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