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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 13v

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Apostle Andrew, nimbed, standing with right hand raised, holding cross in left hand, and looking toward cross-nimbed dove of Holy Ghost emerging from clouds at left.
Figure against gold diapered background, in decorated initial D with ascender of winged, headless hybrid animal, beneath architectural frame of double trefoiled gables with pinnacles, all on diapered panel.
Beginning of first versicle of Sext of Long Hours of the Holy Spirit.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, left, inhabited by two butterflies, and male musician playing instrument.
Margin, lower, inhabited by scene of male musician seated on bench, playing organ, pumped by man; dog seated; below, two birds, one in nest.
Margin, right, inhabited by female donor (donee?), wearing veiled headdress, holding open book with pseudo-inscription in raised hands toward left, kneeling on foliate stem; falcon pecking jaw of dog, on foliate stem.

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