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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 166r

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Initial B:
Canticle: Zacharias.
Initial B with its loop decorated with foliate ornament, and its vertical stem formed by four fantastic animals, two swallowing the third, and the fourth entwined with the one below the initial.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third biting the first one.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, drawing bow at dog-headed (?) man (Cynocephalus ?) seated, holding stick, and looking back.
Line ending: two escutcheons, one gules, a cross argent, and the other gules, a bordure argent.
Line endings: foliate ornament.

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