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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 15r

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Decorated initial P of Collect, Presta quesumus omnipotens deus ut spiritus sanctus adueniens templum, enclosing bust of veiled woman.
Four decorated initials R, S, S, and B.
Margins with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by dog running.
Margin, lower, inhabited by beast head with open jaws, approached by monkey bending, exposing object at anus (Scene, Obscaena, exposing Hindquarters, possibly defecating); below, two cocks confronting.
Margin, right, inhabited by head of bearded man, and two seated monkeys, flanking tree, in tub (bathing ?).
Line ending decorated.

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