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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 187v

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Initial S decorated with diapered infilling and beast head, at beginning of Seventh Lesson.
In left margin, man, armed with sword, clambering vertical foliate bar around which fantastic animal is entwined.
In lower margin, spiralling foliate tendrils enclose male acrobat and man with right hand holding leash around neck of seated monkey and stick in left hand (animal-training) and entwine with fantastic animals, one with foliate tendrils entwined with woman, wearing berbette, embracing man (couple), at right.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Seventh Lesson of Third Nocturn in Matins of Office of the Dead.

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