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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 75v

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Initial D:
Psalm 067 (Vulg., 066).
Decorated initial D with ascender formed by fantastic animal with tail forming two volutes enclosing male acrobat and male figure partly kneeling and raising hands pointing to head, surmounted by monkey (?) indicating hindquarters and holding stick (Scene, Obscaena) in upper margin.
Initial E:
Psalm 068 (Vulg., 067).
Below decorated initial E, in lower margin, man swinging upside down from rod, above serpent biting his right foot (Sports and Games: Swinging).
Line ending: man wrestling with animal.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bordure argent, and heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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