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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 71v

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Initial E:
Psalm 061 (Vulg., 060).
Initial E decorated with beast heads, intertwined with fantastic animal as descender to which nude man with sword transfixes fantastic animal with foliate tail, attacking him.
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield, encountering animal.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: escutcheon of vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: hybrid woman with spear and shield, pursuing fantastic animal.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line endings: foliate and geometric ornament.

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