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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1418
MS M.919 fol. 181r

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Virgin Mary: reading -- Initial O enclosing half-figure of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, looking at open book held with both hands.
Right margin decorated with border of ivy rinceaux inhabited by: hybrid animal with one horn, and on hindquarters, human head wearing hat; legless human torso, with drape over head (?), animal ears emerging from shoulders, all supported by hand crutch in each hand.
Text is from prayer to the Virgin.

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