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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 138r

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Initial Q:
Psalm 119:097 (Vulg., 118:097).
Initial Q decorated with interlace ornament, forming descender branching to spiralling stems enclosing two men, one nude, and the other raisng hands pointing to head, both dancing, and male musician, wearing flat hood, holding bagpipe.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: bird before fox, with protruding tongue, lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: female warrior, wearing berbette, armed with shield decorated with heraldry either Boisleux or vert, a fess argent, and man armed with shield decorated with heraldry of Neuville-Vitasse, both combatting with spears.
Line ending: man wrestling with animal, flanked by two escutcheons, one vert, a fess argent, and the other gules, a cross argent.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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