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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 237r

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Initial B decorated with diapered infilling, beast head, and foliate terminals. Beginning of PSalm 005 (Vulg., 005).
Above the initial in left margin, male musician playing viol, seated with feet crossed, beneath trefoil-arched gable frame surmounted by two towers and dome.
Below the initial, two fantastic animals, one biting the other biting itself, both with tails intertwined.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, and hybrid animal, fighting with spears and shields (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a cross argent, beside two men combatting with swords and shields.
Line ending: hybrid man with bow shooting arrow at hindquarters of nude man, indicating his hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena, and Scene, Burlesque: Archery).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 005 (Vulg., 005) in Prime of Hours of the Virgin.

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