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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 156v

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Initial C:
Psalm 149 (Vulg., 149).
Initial C decorated with foliate extensions and fantastic animal.
Initial L:
Psalm 150 (Vulg., 150).
Initial L formed by male musician, playing viol, emerging from jaws of fantastic animal with foliate terminal, entwined with another fantastic animal.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: two fantastic animals swallowing the third with its head emerging from the first and with its tail from the second.
Line ending: man encountering hybrid animal looking back.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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