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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 20v

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Decorated initial N of Canticle, Nunc dimittis seruum tuum domine, enclosing female figure, wearing headdress, kneeling with joined hands raised, in prayer.
Decorated initial U of Collect, Ure igne sancti spiritus renes nostros et cor nostrum, enclosing bust of man wearing hat.
Three decorated initials, C enclosing bust of hooded man, D enclosing hybrid animal, and B.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems, and balls.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid man holding distaff with spindle, and bust of woman, wearing veiled headdress, beside distaff and spindle.
Margin, lower, inhabited by woman, wearing snood with fillet, holding two hand-carders (Scene, Occupational, Carding), and rabbit holding distaff.
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid bishop wearing miter, holding distaff with spindle, and half figure of woman holding distaff.
Line ending decorated.

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