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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 106v

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Initial U:
Psalm 090 (Vulg., 089).
Initial U formed partly by fantastic animal, with marginal extensions decorated with foliage enclosing bearded man, wearing flat-topped hood (stiff liripipe ?) and trousers, holding vessel in left hand and staff in right hand (beggar ?), and with fantastic animal biting itself.
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: decorated escutcheon of argent, an eagle displayed sable.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of animal, armed with sword and shield, encountering nude man indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: long-eared hybrid man with two bodies.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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