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Breviary for Rome Use
France, Paris, c. 1310

Historiated Initial E with David Playing Bells. This initial beginning Psalm 80 depicts King David wearing an orange crown and ringing a series of bells. The border is decorated with ivy leaves and a grotesque figure with a human head and the hind legs of a beast.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 236, fol. 144v

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