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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 158v

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Scene, Liturgical: Obsequies -- Behind six candles and draped bier, one of two acolytes holds open book before mitered bishop wearing vestments, turning page (?) with left hand, accompanied by female and male mourners.
Scene against gold diapered background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions, sprigs of foliage, and animal heads.
In upper margin, hybrid man holding club in left hand and raising right hand, forming part of horizontal foliate bar on which are two confronting hybrid men.
In right margin, hybrid man, wearing cap, and heraldic escutcheon of Tuchet (ermine, a chevron gules).
In lower margin, man wearing feathered headgear, armed with lance and shield decorated with dragon, mounted on hybrid man, confronting hybrid woman raising axe (Scene, Burlesque: Battle), and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant (argent, two bars gules, on a canton of the second a mullet of the field).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).

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