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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 82v

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Initial D:
Psalm 072 (Vulg., 071).
Initial D with ascender formed by fantastic animal with foliage tail, forming spiralling tendrils, among which are three nude men dancing, one wearing cap and holding bagpipe, and one with raised arms pointing to head, looking back at the other (Dancing), in upper margin.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid feline animal with two bodies.
Line ending: two heraldic escutcheons of Boisleux and Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: three men dancing, two wearing caps, the first holding bagpipe, and the third with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the second (Sports and Games: Dancing).
Line ending: two escutcheons, one gules, a bordure argent, and the other gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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