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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 230v

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Initial D decorated with diapered infilling, and grasped with right hand of male acrobat, upside down, wearing cap, armed with sword in left hand, and his legs in jaws of fantastic animal, all forming ascender of the initial.
Below the initial spandrel, fantastic animal biting itself, as supporting ornament.
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: two men, combatting with swords and shields.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first Neuville-Vitasse, the second Boisleux, and the third Neuville-Vitasse with a label of three azure.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 063 (Vulg., 062) in Lauds of Hours of the Virgin.

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