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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 135r

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Initial L:
Psalm 119:033 (Vulg., 118:033).
Initial L formed by male musician playing pipe and tabor, emerging from jaws of fantastic animal whose foliate tail is bitten by another fantastic animal.
Initial E:
Psalm 119:041 (Vulg., 119:041).
Initial E decorated with foliate extensions in lower margin.
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, and nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, both fighting with swords and shields (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first Boisleux, the second vert or azure, a fess argent, and the third gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: three men, two dancing, one with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the other, and a third man playing bagpipe.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bordure argent.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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