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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 186v

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Psalm 042 (Vulg., 041).
Initial Q decorated with diapered infililng and with border extensions, one a descender formed by dragon with foliate tendrils, and the other a descender formed by fantastic animal biting the initial and with foliate tendrils enclosing male musician playing viol and entwined with two animals and leaping male acrobat, and to right with fantastic animal whose tail is entangled with man wielding sword and shield (buckler), decorated with an eagle displayed, and attacked by fantastic animal, in lower margin.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first gules, a fretty and a canton argent, the second azure, a fess between annulets argent, and the third gules, a bend cotised argent.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, and hybrid man, fighting with spears and shields (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: hybrid man, crowned, with two bodies.
Line ending: escutcheon of azure, a dragon argent.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 042 (Vulg., 041) of Third Nocturn in Matins of Office of the Dead.

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