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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 113r

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Initial B:
Psalm 103 (Vulg., 102).
Initial B decorated with extensions formed by two fantastic animals with foliate tails.
Line ending: two nude men, in jaws of fantastic animals, fighting with swords and shields (bucklers).
Line ending: two escutcheons, one gules, a bordure argent, and the other gules, a bordure and a canton argent.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: rabbit pursued by dog.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
In lower margin below last line of text, fantastic animal with knotted tail wrapped around last two syllables of "uoluntates" and word "suas" of verse 7 of Psalm 103 (Vulg., 102).

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