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ZOO-ANTHROPOMORPHIC INITIAL

Arundel MS 98, f. 85v Burney MS 3, f. 425

An INITIAL partly or wholly composed of conflated human and animal forms. Zoo-anthropomorphic EVANGELIST SYMBOLS, in which a human body is surmounted by the head of the symbolic animal, are occasionally found in INSULAR art and were particularly popular in Brittany. Zoo-anthropomorphic motifs also occur in other decorative contexts.

ZOOMORPHIC INITIAL

Harley MS 2798, f. 151 Burney MS 284, f. 7v

An INITIAL partly or wholly composed of animal forms. See the illustration accompanying PRE-CAROLINGIAN. Zoomorphic motifs occur in other decorative contexts as well.

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