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Prologue to the Book of Jonah, from the Winchester Bible


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The intial “S,” rendered as a twisting dragon, shows the artistry of the Master of the Genesis Initial. This initial is the only purely decorative one by this master. A nearby cutout initial must have depicted Jonah being spat up by the whale on the shores of Nineveh. The intertwining forms of serpents, vines, and figures are a form of decoration also found in different media, such as the silver and niello drinking cup displayed nearby.

Prologue to the Book of Jonah, from the Winchester Bible, Tempera and gold leaf on parchment, British

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