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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 80v

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Initial D:
Psalm 070 (Vulg., 069).
Initial D decorated with interlace and its ascender formed by interlaced tendrils on which man climbs upward toward castle with closed portals and crenellated tower from which two women, wearing berbettes, extend poles or lances below to two mounted knights, wearing visors, armed with shields (the right escutcheon of Boisluex), jousting (Sports and Games: Jousting), both within spiralling foliate tendrils, the right one interwined with fantastic animal, in upper margin.
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: one escutcheon of gules, a bordure argent, and one heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid feline animal with two bodies.
Line ending: nude man in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield, encountering hybrid animal, indicating hindquarters with right hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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