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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 207v

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Initial A decorated with diapered infilling and formed by dragon with tail of foliate tendrils, enclosing fantastic animal and nude male figure, wearing cap, mounted, armed with spear, and bitten by fantastic animal as horizontal extension for nude male with right hand raised and with left hand indicating hindquarters, looking back toward nude hybrid man, armed with sword and shield (buckler), running (Scene, Obscaena). Beginning of Collect.
In left margin, border extension of the initial formed by foliate tendrils entwined with fantastic animal with tail of foliate tendrils.
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third in center.
Line ending: two men, armed with swords and shields, combatting.
Line ending: four escutcheons, the first gules, a cross saltire between roundels argent, the second azure, a cross between roundels argent, the third gules, two axes addorsed argent, and the fourth as half-shield of azure, a bend cotised argent.
Line ending: horned fantastic animal.
Line ending: foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 054 (Vulg., 053) and Collect in Terce of Long Hours of the Holy Spirit.

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