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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 133v

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Initial B:
Psalm 119:001 (Vulg., 118:001).
Initial B decorated with foliate ornament, with extensions formed by two fantastic animals, one with knotted foliate tail, both biting foliate stems.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: two men, one wearing cap, both armed with swords and shields, combatting.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first gules, a bordure argent, the second vert, a fess argent, and the third Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: bird before fox, with protruding tongue, lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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