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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 104v

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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 kneeling men, two raising open books with pseudo-inscriptions.
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, two hybrid animals.
In right margin, winged hybrid man wearing dunce hat, and heraldic escutcheon of Tuchet (ermine, a chevron gules).
In lower margin, horned hybrid animal confronting monkey (?) blowing trumpet, mounted on dog, and heraldic escutcheon of Tuchet (ermine, a chevron gules).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).

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