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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 134r

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Initial I:
Psalm 119:009 (Vulg., 118:009).
Initial I decorated with interlace ornament, adjoined by fantastic animal in upper margin and male acrobat in left margin.
Initial R:
Psalm 119:017 (Vulg., 118:017).
Initial R decorated with foliate extensions, below which is man thrusting sword into head of fantastic animal with foliate tail, biting the man's legs in left margin.
Line ending: man, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: two escutcheons, the first of Boisleux, and the second vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: two men, in jaws of fantastic animals, fighting with swords and shields (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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