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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 16r

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Decorated initial H of Hymn, Hostem repellas longuis pacem, enclosing bust of soldier, wearing chain mail.
Decorated initial F of Psalm 87:1 (Vulg., 86:1), Fundamenta eius in montibus sanctis, enclosing monkey exposing anus (Scene, Obscaena: exposing Hindquarters).
Three decorated initials, P enclosing hybrid animal, S, and G.
Margins with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, lower, inhabited by bird and hybrid bird with horns; below, crowned hybrid bird with mouse in its beak, and hybrid animal.
Margin, right, inhabited by nude man, exposing anus, pulling rope attached to bell (Scene, Burlesque: Ringing Bell).
Line endings decorated.

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