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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 161v

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Initial A:
Canticle: Moses II.
Initial A formed by dragon with foliate tail intertwined with fantastic animal with foliate terminal of spiralling tendril enclosing animal on hind legs in lower margin, all forming descender. In upper margin, fantastic animal, with foliate terminal of spiralling stem enclosing male musician, wearing flat hood, holding bagpipe, entwined with the dragon's neck of the initial A.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering hybrid animal, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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