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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 64r

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Initial M:
Psalm 051 (Vulg., 050).
Decorated initial M with descender of foliage intertwined with fantastic animal.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a dragon argent.
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and pointed shield, encountering nude man indicating hindquarters with right hand, raising left hand to head, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield (buckler), hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bend cotised argent.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line endings: geometric ornament.

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