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Ms. Douce 118 in the Bodleian Library, Oxford is a Psalter made for Joffroy d’Aspremont and his wife during the late 13th century [1].

Folio 12r shows in the lower marginalia a stag’s head emerges from a (dextral) snail shell opposing a grotesque with nun’s head and bird’s legs. Two hybrids meating…; perhaps a subtle variation on the knight v. snail theme?

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Another malacohybrid is on folio 16r, where in the upper margin a sinistral shell has a human head with horns.

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Both shells are stylised and ornamented as imaginary species.

Note:
[1] BLO, inv. Ms. Douce 118, 30 ff.

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