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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 36r

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Decorated initial C of Versicle to Hymn, Caro mea uere est cibus, enclosing head of woman wearing snood with fillet.
Three decorated initials T, G, and B of Hymn of Pange Lingua, 5th and 6th verses, and verse 68 of Canticle of Zacharias, Benedictus dominus deus israhel.
Margins decorated with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid man-snail.
Margin, left, inhabited by bird (not visible in phot.).
Margin, lower, inhabited by upper part of man, pumping bellows; three-quarter figure of man holding rope grasped by monkey (only head represented), and bellow.
Margin, right, inhabited by monkey, partly in water, balancing on snout anus of seated monkey gesturing (Scene, Obscaena, and Scene, Burlesque: Balancing).
Line endings decorated.

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