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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 74r

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Initial T:
Psalm 065 (Vulg., 064).
In left and upper margin, adjoining initial T, foliate stem, decorated with animal mask, forming spiralling foliage enclosing two mounted knights wearing visors and chain mail, one armed with shield of Boisleux, both receiving poles from woman, wearing berbette, in tower; to right, fantastic animal.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: long-eared or horned hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: two escutcheons of Boisleux and Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: hybrid man, crowned, with two bodies.
Line ending: geometric and foliate ornament.

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