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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 17v

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Psalm 012 (Vulg., 011) -- Initial S of Saluum enclosing hybrid serpent-like animal; the initial ascender extending into upper margin formed by bust of man, with left hand leaning on the initial and with right hand raising object; descender extending into lower margin terminating in head of man, the whole perched on by pair of hybrid soldiers with body of two-legged beast, both helmeted, wearing mail, with right hands raising spears, both partly obscured behind shield (Scene, Burlesque: Jousting). Initial S and marginal illustrations of Psalm 12.

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