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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 174r

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Initial D:
Psalm 130 (Vulg., 129).
Initial D decorated with diapered infilling and adjoined by fantastic animal with tail of foliate tendrils.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: two men, wearing caps, wrestling.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering nude man, wearing cap, 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 endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Office of the Dead, Vespers, Psalm 138 (Vulg., 137).

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