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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 32v

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Eight decorated initials of verses of Canticle, Te Deum laudamus, including initial P enclosing head of veiled woman and T enclosing animal head.
Upper and lower margins decorated with rectilinear bars.
Margin, upper, inhabited by heads of hooded, tonsured monk, and nun wearing wimpled veil.
Margin, left, inhabited by winged hybrid man, and hybrid man with head of feathers or spikes.
Margin, lower, inhabited by two hybrid men, one wearing cap, with long neck grasped by arm as detached limb, and the other formed of buttocks and hoofed legs.
Line endings decorated.

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