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France, ca. 1511
MS M. 8 fol. 198r

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God as half-figure, crossed nimbus, crowned, wearing cope decorated figured orphrey, holding sword with right hand and scepter with left hand appears amid rays in cloud-edged arc of Heaven above landscape with stream. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including grapes, thistle, campanula, cornflower, daisy, and rose, and inhabited by winged hybrid animal playing harp (Scene, Burlesque: playing Musical Instrument) and by upright dog (?) raising sword with right paw, holding small shield with left paw. Text is beginning of Psalm 93 (Vulg., 92), in Lauds for Sunday.

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