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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 107r

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Initial D:
Psalm 096 (Vulg., 095).
Two headless men armed with swords hold up severed head, around initial C decorated with foliage.
Line ending: crowned hybrid man with two bodies.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, three billets (?) argent.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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