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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 118r

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Initial C:
Psalm 106 (Vulg., 105).
Initial C decorated with foliage, and with extensions formed by two fantastic animals, one as the ascender bitten by another fantastic animal.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: one escutcheon of gules, a cross argent, and one heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, wielding sword and shield (buckler), encountering nude man squatting, indicating his hindquarters with right hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: man wrestling with animal.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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