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Belgium, Liège, ca. 1280s
MS M.183 fol. 238r

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Initial P
Half figure of nimbed male saint with joined hands raised in front.
Figure within initial P decorated with foliate bars with terminals of animal heads, and ball. Beginning of Collect for Sext.
Initial D:
Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, cross-nimbed, head inclined with closed eyes, in loin cloth, is affixed with three nails to cross, flanked by Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, orant, and Evangelist John, nimbed, with right hand raised and book in left hand. Sun and moon above arms of the cross.
Scene beneath double trefoil arches within initial D decorated with marginal foliate extensions. Beginning of first Versicle for None.
Initial A:
Half figure of nimbed male saint with right hand raised and scroll in draped left hand.
Figure within initial A at beginning of Hymn for None.
In lower margin, scrolling foliate tendrils enclose bas-de-page scene:
Fable: Fox and Cock -- Fox runs with cock in its jaws, pursued by veiled woman raising distaff in right hand and with left hand lifting her garment.

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