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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 233v

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Initial L decorated with diapered infilling and formed by demon (?) in jaws of fantastic animal with tail of foliate tendrils as ascender, entwined with two fantastic animals. Beginning of Psalm 150 (Vulg., 150).
Below the intial, male acrobat swinging upside down with legs between hands holding rod.
Line ending: two nude men, in jaws of fantastic animals, fighting with swords and shields.
Line ending: two escutcheons, one gules, a border and a canton argent, and the other gules, a bordure and a canton argent, on chief label of three.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: rabbit pursued by dog.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 150 in Lauds of Hours of the Virgin.

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