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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 140v

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Initial U:
Psalm 119:153 (Vulg., 118:153).
Initial U decorated with foliate ascender entwined with fantastic animal, and fantastic animal.
Line ending: man in jaws of fantastic animal, playing pipe and tabor, beside woman, wearing snood (?), dancing.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bordure argent.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting); heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: two men dancing (?), one with raised hand pointing to head.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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