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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 80r

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Psalm 072 (Vulg., 071) -- Decorated initial D of Deus; the initial’s ascender extending across upper margin partly formed by dragon-like hybrid musician holding trumpet; the descender extending across left, lower, and right margins, terminating in head of man, the whole on which sits monkey, with both hands holding string attached to pole, surmounted by bird; string suspending fish. Initial D and marginal illustrations of Psalm 72.

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