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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 231v

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Initial B decorated with diapered infilling, adjoined in left margin by two nude men combatting with swords and shields, each with leg in jaws of fantastic animal, one below entwined with another fantastic animal, both with tails of foliate tendrils, all forming descender-bar.
Line ending: escutcheon of vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux, beside two nude men, armed with swords and shields, combatting.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting), beside heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: four escutcheons, the first gules, a cross argent, the second gules, a bordure argent, the third Neuville-Vitasse, and the fourth as half-shield of vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: two men dancing, one with raised hands pointing to head, looking back toward the other.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Canticle of Hebrews Three in Lauds of Hours of the Virgin.

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