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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 245r

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Initial L formed by nude male figure climbing body of fantastic animal, and by male musician playing pipe and tabor, emerging from jaws of fantastic animal with its tail from which nude acrobat is dangling and with its body bitten by the other fantastic animal in lower margin.
Line ending: two nude men, one in jaws of fantastic animal, and the other in jaws of animal, both fighting with swords and shields (bucklers).
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first Boisleux, the second vert, a fess argent, and the third, Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: three men dancing, the second with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the first, and the third holding bagpipe (Sports and Games: Dancing).
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: rabbit pursued by dog.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 113 (Vulg., 112) in Vespers of Hours of the Virgin.

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