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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 67v

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Initial E:
Psalm 055 (Vulg., 054).
Decorated initial E joined by horned hybrid animal with two bodies in left margin.
Line ending: two escutcheons with heraldry of Boisleux and Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one biting the other.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bordure gules.
Line ending: two knights, wearing visors, mounted on caparisoned horses and armed with shields, the left on the caparison bearing arms of Neuville-Vitasse, and the right bearing heraldic arms of Boisleux, both jousting with tilting poles or lances.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: horned devil, in jaws of fantastic animal, with bow shooting arrow at bare hindquarters of woman, wearing berbette, holding distaff.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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