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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 25r

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Abel: represented with Lamb -- Abel, wearing hooded garment, raising lamb, at foot of mount.
Figure against gold diapered background, within cinquefoil arch of gabled architectural frame with oculus in spandrel, and pinnacles, decorated with two waterspouts of animal heads, in initial D with interlace ornament and ascender of winged, headless hybrid animal, within diapered panel.
Beginning of first versicle of Matins of Hours of the Holy Sacrament.
Margins decorated with foliate stems, balls, and bottom bar of scrolling foliage.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid man, wearing pointed hat, with tail of foliate stem.
Margin, left, inhabited by nimbed angel and monkey, both holding lighted candles.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid man holding candle; tonsured cleric guiding cleric wearing almuce, holding gold ciborium, and three youths, all following two tonsured clerics, one holding hand bell, the other carrying processional cross (Scene, Liturgical: Procession); butterfly holding candle; bell; veiled hybrid woman holding candle; hybrid man holding candle (?, trimmed); below, two youths holding lighted candles.
Margin, right, inhabited by female donor (donee ?), wearing veiled headdress, with joined hands raised in prayer toward left, kneeling in church with flying buttresses; above, bird holding lighted candle.

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