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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 137r

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Initial M:
Psalm 119:073 (Vulg., 118:073
Initial M decorated with foliate ornament intertwined with nude male acrobat flipping over backwards and grasping his legs, and surmounted by man wrestling with animal in upper margin.
Initial D:
Psalm 119:081 (Vulg., 118:081)
Initial D decorated with interlace ornament, and with interlaced and foliate ascender enclosing partly nude male musician, wearing hooded cape only, playing bagpipe, and with descender formed by fantastic animal whose tail is intertwined with two fantastic animals.
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, playing pipe and tabor, before man dancing.
Line ending: two escutcheons, the first Boisleux, and the second vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse; female warrior, wearing berbette, armed with spear and shield, encountering man armed with spear and shield decorated with gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line ending:
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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