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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 136r

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Initial P:
Psalm 119:057 (Vulg., 118:057).
Initial P decorated with foliate and interlace ornament, adjoined by dragon above and by fantastic animal with foliate tail below.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux, and man, wearing cap, wrestling with animal.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first vert, a fess argent, the second gules, a bordure argent, and the third gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: two nude men, in jaws of fantastic animals,one with sword and shield fighting the other with spear and shield (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: snail encountering man, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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