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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 137v

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Initial I:
Psalm 119:089 (Vulg., 118:089).
Initial I decorated with foliate ornament with foliate extensions forming spiralling tendrils enclosing male musician, wearing flat hood, holding bell (?) in right hand and bagpipe in left hand, and two men dancing, one with tunic raised above waist and raising hands pointing to head, fantastic animal at right in lower margin, and with foliate ascender adjoined by fantastic animal.
Line ending: man wrestling with animal.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: escutcheon of vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: rabbit pursued by dog.
Line ending: two men, one wearing cap, both armed with swords and shields, combatting.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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