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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 73v

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Initial E:
Psalm 064 (Vulg., 063).
Decorated initial E with horizontal extension of foliage enclosing man embracing woman (couple) and with ascender of foliage intertwined with long-eared fantastic animal and beast biting right leg of man, wearing cap, with left arm under raised left leg, raising right hand (acrobat ?).
Line ending: escutcheon, azure (no charges).
Line ending: escutcheon, gules, a canton argent (no charges on field).
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: two men, armed with swords and shields, combatting.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, playing pipe and tabor, and woman dancing.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of dog, and hybrid man, both armed with shields, jousting.

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