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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 140r

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Initial I:
Psalm 119:137 (Vulg., 118:137).
Initial I decorated with interlace ornament, with extension of foliage entwined with fantastic animal.
In upper margin, fantastic animal biting top of the initial and with foliate tail on which are man and animal wrestling, and in which are two men dancing, one with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the other, and male musician holding bagpipe, adjoined by fantastic animal.
Initial C:
Psalm 119:145 (Vulg., 118:145).
Initial C decorated with foliate ornament.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: female warrior, wearing berbette and striped stockings, 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: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a bordure and a canton argent.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: fantastic animal with single horn.
Line ending: hybrid animal and man fighting with swords and shields (bucklers) (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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