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Book of Hours
France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 39r

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Six decorated initials of Psalm 20:3-7 (Vulg., 19:4-8), including L with hooded head of man, at verse 6, Letabimur in salutari tuo, and T and H, both enclosing animal heads.
Margins decorated with rectilinear bars.
Margin, upper, inhabited by hybrid man and hybrid woman wearing snood with fillet, facing each other as hybrid couple.
Margin, lower, inhabited by winged hybrid woman, wearing snood under berbette, with foliate tail, and hybrid animal with curved beak and human hand blessing from its hindquarters (Scene, Obscaena).
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid animal with tail of animal head.

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