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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 183v

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Initial R decorated with diapered infilling and foliate tendrils entwined with man wrestling with animal, at beginning of Fourth Lesson.
Initial H decorated with diapered infilling and ascender of interlace and fantastic animal, supported by nude male caryatid as acrobat, and formed by fantastic animal with foliate tendrils entwined with two fantastic animals, enclosing male beggar, wearing flat-topped hood holding stick and vessel, and female acrobat swinging with back over tendril and grasping her feet, in lower margin. Beginning of Fifth Lesson.
Line ending: foliate ornament.
Text page of Fourth and Fifth Lessons of Second Nocturn in Matins of Office of the Dead.

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