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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 61v

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Initial A:
Psalm 049 (Vulg., 048).
Decorated initial A with two fantastic animals, one with tail of foliage forming initial-descender entwined with looped neck of animal in lower margin.
Line ending: escutcheon of azure, a fretty and a canton argent.
Line ending: man, wearing cap, in jaws of fish, armed with sword and shield, encountering nude bald man indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: hybrid man, crowned, with two bodies.
Line ending: escutcheon of azure, three horsehoes argent.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield (buckler), hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: two escutcheons, one azure, a fretty argent and the other azure, a bend cotized argent.
Line ending: hybrid man armed with sword and shield (buckler) encountering fantastic animal.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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