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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 62v

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Initial D:
Psalm 050 (Vulg., 049).
Decorated initial D with ascender formed by two fantastic animals, one with foliate tail swallowing the other.
Line ending: man, wearing cap, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with bow and arrow, shooting at hindquarters of nude man, wearing cap, raising or drinking from vessel (Burlesque: Archery).
Line ending: horned animal.
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: foliate and geometric ornament.

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