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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 77v

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Psalm 070 (Vulg., 069) -- Initial D of Deus enclosing head of woman, wearing veil over snood, against gold background; the initial’s ascender extending across left, upper and right margins partly formed by dragon-like hybrid animal biting frame and terminating in head of fantastic animal, with tongue protruding; the descender extending across left, lower, and right margins, partly formed by hybrid animal with long neck, biting frame, standing on one of two balls. Initial D and marginal illustrations of Psalm 70.

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