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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 61r

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Psalm 054 (Vulg., 053) -- Initial D of Deus enclosing serpent-like hybrid animal; the initial’s ascender partly formed by dragon-like hybrid animal, biting the initial and extending across left, upper, and right margins terminating in bust of man with right hand raising ball and with left hand lowered; the descender partly formed by dragon-like hybrid animal, biting frame, extending across left and lower margins and terminating in head of bald and bearded man, the whole perched on by head of hybrid man with body of animal legs, wearing feathered headgear. Initial D and marginal illustrations of Psalm 54.

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