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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 227v

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Initial R decorated with diapered infilling, with ascender of two intertwined fantastic animals, and with descender of fantastic animal with tail of foliate tendrils, two projected horizontally and linked by interlace, and other tendrils enclosing man, seated on bench, drinking from cup in right hand and holding pitcher in left hand, and man, mounted on animal, raising axe, surrounded by three fantastic animals, in lower margin.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, and hybrid man, both fighting with spears and shields, one with heraldry of Neuville-Vitasse (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: foliate ornament.
Text page of Tenth Lesson in Fourth Nocturn of Matins of Hours of the Virgin.

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