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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1418
MS M.919 fol. 14v

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Initial B enclosing Evangelist Matthew, nimbed, holding book with right hand, extending left hand toward lectern on which is open book, and from which hangs pen case and inkpot.
Margins decorated with border of ivy rinceaux inhabited by: two-legged fantastic animal, bitten between the legs by disembodied head of animal; half figure of person, wearing helmet, holding s-shaped trumpet with right hand, raising right hand, emerging from pot or basket.

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