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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 153v

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Initial E:
Psalm 145 (Vulg., 145).
Initial E decorated with foliate ornament.
In left margin, three small fantastic animals biting spiralling foliate stem, enclosing man holding two sticks (Scene, Sports and Games), all forming part of tail of large fantastic animal intertwined with large fantastic animal whose tail is grasped by male acrobat with his leg grasped by small fantastic animal, and whose tail forms spiralling foliate stems enclosing male musician holding bagpipe and man with left hand raised, placing stick between legs of monkey (Scene, Sports and Games: Animal-training ?).
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: hybrid animal, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with spear and shield, encountering hybrid animal.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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