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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

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France, possibly Saint-Omer, 13th century
MS M.79 fol. 189r

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1) Initial D of Deus enclosing hart with upraised forelegs against gold background; the ascender partly formed by dragon-like hybrid animal extending across upper and right margins terminating in head of man. 2) Initial O of Omnipotens enclosing head of woman, wearing crown over veil, against gold background; 3) Initial P of Pretende enclosing hybrid animal with head bent over and one paw raised, against gold background; the descender partly formed by dragon-like hybrid animal with tail terminating in foliage. Initials and marginal illustrations of Collects after Litany.

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