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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 130r

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Initial C:
Psalm 112 (Vulg., 111).
Initial C decorated with foliate ornament.
In left margin, man, seated with feet crossed on bench, beside vase, playing viol, under architectural frame; below, king holding rod behind head, standing between foliage entwined with flanking pair of animals, each biting its body; below, hooded man playing bagpipe, bent within foliage inhabited by fantastic animal.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line ending: two heraldic escutcheons of Boisleux and Neuville-Vitasse, and escutcheon of gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third biting the first one.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bordure argent.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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