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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 59v

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Initial E:
Psalm 045 (Vulg., 044).
Fantastic animal at lower left spandrel of decorated initial E with foliate bar enclosing two mounted knights, wearing visors, jousting with tilting poles or lances and shields, one decorated with heraldry of Neuville-Vitasse, all within spiralling tendrils issuing from jaws of fantastic animal, in upper margin.
Line ending: two fishes connected by knotted line.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), before hybrid animal indicating its hindquarters and looking back.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield (buckler), hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line endings: geometric ornament.

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