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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 103v

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Initial Q:
Psalm 091 (Vulg., 090).
Initial Q with descender formed by fantastic animal with foliate tail inhabited by half-nude centaur shooting with bow and arrow, and fantastic animal with knotted and foliate tail in lower margin.
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, and dog-headed nude man (Cynocephalus), in jaws of fish, fighting with swords and shields (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: long-eared fantastic animal (viewed from top).
Line ending: crowned hybrid man with two bodies.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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