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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 3v

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Four decorated initials of Hymn, three initials A and H, enclosing hybrid animals, and P enclosing hybrid man.
Initial B of Psalm 1:1 (Vulg., 1:1), decorated with foliage, in Matins of Long Hours of the Holy Spirit.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems.
Margin, top, inhabited by heads of tonsured cleric and man, both emerging from conical basket.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid bird and cock holding spear.
Margin, lower, inhabited by nude man, wearing cap, exposing anus, crawling in and out of oven (Scene, Obscaena, exposing Hindquarters, and Scene, Proverbial "Bum in the oven"); below, hybrid bird.
Line endings decorated.

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