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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 65r

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Psalm 058 (Vulg., 057) -- Initial S of Si enclosing serpent-like hybrid animal; the initial’s ascender extending across upper and right margins terminating in head of veiled woman; the descender extending across left, lower, and right margins, terminating in head of bald, grotesque man, on the whole are hybrid soldier, wearing mail, raising shield, and with right hand aiming spear, toward nude man, wearing hood, standing above him on ornament. Initial S and marginal illustrations of Psalm 58.

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