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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 98r

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Initial I:
Psalm 086 (Vulg., 085).
Initial I formed by fantastic animal biting leg of nude man holding shield (buckler) and raising sword, and its foliate tail intertwined with two fantastic animals.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: two escutcheons, one gules, a cross saltire between annulets argent, and the other azure, a carbuncle argent.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, with sword and shield, fighting hybrid man with sword (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with shield and sword, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: two knights wearing visors, armed with shields, mounted on caparisoned horses, one charging with lance or pole, striking the other falling backward with lance or pole (Sports and Games: Jousting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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