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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 98r

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Christ, pearled crossed nimbus, sits on bench, raises right hand in blessing, and holds tripartite globe in left hand. He is flanked by four veiled women kneeling with joined hands raised toward Him.
Figures against gold diapered background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In upper margin, hybrid man wearing dunce hat, forming part of horizontal foliate bar on which are hybrid animal and hybrid bird.
In right margin, animal head and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant (argent, two bars and a canton gules, within a bordure engrailed or).
In lower margin, three-headed hybrid animal confronting dragon, and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).

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