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England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 87r

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Heraclius: Scene, adoring Cross -- Four men, two with joined hands raised, and one wearing pointed hat, accompany Emperor Heraclius, crowned, with joined hands raised, all kneeling below burning lamp and before cross on draped altar in tabernacle.
Scene against gold punched background within initial C of first versicle with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Bust of male figure within decorated initial D of second versicle.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In upper margin, two hybrid animals.
In right margin, hybrid man wearing hooded cape, and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).
In lower margin, two confronting hybrid men, one winged, and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant (argent, two bars and a canton gules, within a bordure engrailed [or omitted]).
In left margin, two heraldic escutcheons of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules) and Tuchet (ermine, a chevron gules).

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