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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 22v

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Decorated initial S of Prayer to the Trinity, Sancta trinitas unus deus pater et filius et spiritus sanctus miserere michi peccatrici ...
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems, and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by bird.
Margin, left, inhabited by snail on draped swing, or balancing on draped cross-bar.
Margin, lower, inhabited by dog, hybrid woman extending hand, and woman, wearing snood with fillet, and man, both seated on bench, each with hand supporting loom.
Margin, right, illustrated by dove of Holy Ghost, cross-nimbed, with its beak issuing twig-like rays, descending toward God, cross-nimbed, issuing from mouth cross-nimbed dove of Holy Ghost, seated on bench, supporting tau-cross on which Christ, cross-nimbed, with eyes closed, and head inclined, in loin cloth, is affixed with three nails (Trinity: Mercy Seat).

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