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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 177v

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Initial U:
Psalm 005 (Vulg., 005).
Initial U decorated with diapered infilling and adjoined above by one of fantastic animals entwined with foliage, the same one enclosing male beggar, wearing flat-topped hood, holding staff in right hand and bowl in left hand (upper margin), and another fantastic animal biting itself below the initial.
Line ending: two escutcheons, one Boisleux, and the other gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bordure argent.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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