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Germany, Hamburg, before 1381
MS M.892.2 fol. 001r

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Initial C:
Scene, Liturgical: Celebration of Mass -- Standing before altar on which are chalice, monstrance and one candlestick, priest, wearing vestments, raises host with both hands. Behind him are two figures wearing vestments, one with draped hands. Above, angel with censer emerges from cloud.
Vine with fantastic foliage.
Scene, Burlesque: Hunting -- Rabbit and fox, each carrying on right shoulder club (?) or spear with dogs tied to them, and fox blowing curved horn, riding ass led by donkey wearing pouch and carrying falcon on gloved arm.
Fantastic animal at top end of vine at left; owl on vine scroll at left.
Pen flourished initial

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