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

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Initial C:
Psalm 138 (Vulg., 137).
Initial C decorated with foliate ornament and diapered infilling, and its spandrels inhabited above by animal, wearing tunic, standing on hind legs, ringing bell and playing pipe, and below by two intertwined fantastic animals.
Line ending: nude hybrid man with bird's head, showing genitals, armed with sword and shield, pursuing nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: four escutcheons, two gules, including one with canton argent, and two azure, all but one without charges.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield, encountering fantastic animal.
Line ending: escutcheon of azure without charges.
Line ending: escutcheon of argent, a bordure gules.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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