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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 165r

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Initial B:
Canticle: Hebrews Three III.
Initial B decorated with foliate ornament.
In left margin adjacent to the initial, female warrior, wearing berbette, armed with shield charged with heraldry of Neuville-Vitasse, and man armed with shield charged with heraldry of Boisleux, both combatting with spears, the female with one leg in jaws of animal, and the male with one leg in jaws of fantastic animal with foliate tail inhabited by monkey (?) playing viol.
Line ending: horned hybrid man or animal, in jaws of fantastic animal, drawing bow at bare hindquarters of seated hybrid animal, indicating with right hand its hindquarters, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena, and Burlesque: Archery).
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third in center.
Line ending: two men and woman, wearing snood, all dancing, and the second man holding bagpipe (Sports and Games: Dancing).
Line ending: two heraldic escutcheons of Boisleux and of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: crowned hybrid man with two bodies.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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