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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 114r

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Christ: Ascension -- Christ disappearing into clouds, showing only legs above Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with left hand raised, flanked by seven nimbed apostles including Apostles Paul holding sword and Peter holding key in right hand.
Scene against gold diapered background within cinquefoil arch decorated with pinnancles and finial overlapping initial A decorated with interlace, all within diapered panel.
Beginning of Vie de Saint Marguerite.
Margins decorated with foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, upper, inhabited by crowned hybrid bird, and bird.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird on tip of of foliate stem.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid man of head with animal legs, hybrid animal of dog’s head with human legs, and young monkey holding scourge, seated backwards on back of mother monkey, and below, hybrid bird.
Margin, right, inhabited by female donor (donee?), wearing headdress and vair-lined mantle, kneeling with joined hands raised, beside pet dog, on tip of foliate stem, and by butterfly above.

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