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

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Initial B:
Psalm 113 (Vulg., 112).
Initial L decorated with foliate ornament and animal head, and fantastic animal biting another fantastic animal in upper margin.
In upper margin, fantastic animal interlocked with ring around stem of the initial I, biting another fantastic animal, and its tail forming foliate tendrils enclosing bird perching on rod, two butting rams, and owl.
Initial I:
Psalm 114 (Vulg., 113).
Initial I decorated with ornament of interlace and foliage, with tendrils enclosing two mounted knights, wearing visors and chain mail, armed with shields, one heraldic (vert, a fess argent), jousting with tilting poles or lances in lower margin.
Line ending: two men combatting with swords and shields.
Line ending: escutcheon of vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, drawing bow aimed at nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, raising left hand to head, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third biting the first one.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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