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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 21r

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Psalm 017 (Vulg., 016) -- Initial E of Exaudi enclosing serpent-like hybrid animal; the initial’s ascender and descender formed by dragon-like hybrid animals, biting the stave, extending across left, upper, and right margins terminating in head of hybrid bird, wearing conical hat; in left, lower, and right margin, terminating in winged hybrid animal, the whole perched on by hybrid cleric, wearing cross-inscribed miter, his head issuing from the beast’s hindquarters. Initial E and marginal illustrations of Psalm 17.

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