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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 107v

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Initial D:
Psalm 097 (Vulg., 096).
Initial D with ascender formed by half-nude man, wearing trousers, as acrobat (?) upside down, holding sword in right hand and grasping the initial in left hand, in left margin.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with spear and shield fighting hybrid man armed with sword (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, an eagle displayed argent.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, two axes addorsed argent.
Line ending: fantastic animal (viewed from top).
Line ending: hybrid man and man, in jaws of fantastic animal, fighting with swords and shields (bucklers) (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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