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

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Initial B:
Psalm 119:065 (Vulg., 118:065).
Initial B decorated with foliate ornament and fantastic animal with knotted tail.
Line ending: two men wrestling, flanked by two escutcheons, the first vert, a fess argent, and the second, Boisleux.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first gules, a cross argent, the second Neuville-Vitasse, and the third gules, a bordure argent.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: two men dancing, one wearing cap, with raised hands to head, looking back at the other, and the third, wearing cap, half-nude, holding bagpipe.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux; man, wearing cap, drawing bow aimed at nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, raising left hand to head, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: two nude men, in jaws of animals, fighting with swords and shields (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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