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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 146r

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Psalm 038:01 (Vulg., 037:02) -- Initial D of Domine enclosing lion with raised right paw against gold background; the initial’s ascender extending across left, upper, and right margins, partly formed by dragon-like hybrid animal and terminating in head of hybrid cleric, wearing miter, with tongue protruding; the descender extending across left, lower, and right margins partly formed by dragon-like hybrid animal, with long ears and neck, the whole on which is perched hybrid man, wearing hood, with body of long-necked, two-legged beast. Initial D and marginal illustrations of Psalm 38.

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