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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 122v

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Initial P:
Psalm 108 (Vulg., 107).
Initial P with its loop formed by fantastic animal, decorated with interlace and animal intertwined with foliage, and flanked by two men, including one nude with hands raised pointing to head, both dancing, above man playing bagpipe, amid foliage entwined with fantastic animal with knotted foliate tail in lower margin.
Line ending: man with shield and spear (?) encountering nude man seated, holding stick in left hand and looking back.
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line ending: heraldic shield of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Catchword in lower right margin.

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