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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 210v

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Initial U decorated with diapered infilling and formed by dragon, at beginning of Ueni creator in Vespers of Long Hours of the Holy Spirit.
In upper margin, border of foliate tendrils enclosing two women, one dancing and the other as acrobat bending her back and grasping her ankles, and two male musicians, one playing bagpipe, and the other playing viol; to right, man armed with sword and shield, attacking and attacked by fantastic animal.
Initial B decorated with diapered infilling and foliate terminals, above two fantastic animals in lower margin, at beginning of Psalm 128 (Vulg., 127) in Vespers of Long Hours of the Holy Spirit.
Line ending: escutcheon of azure, a dragon argent.
Line ending: three men dancing, the second with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the first, and the third, wearing cap, holding bagpipe (Sports and Games: Dancing).
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a fretty and a canton argent.
Line ending: man, wearing cap, in jaws of fantastic animal, drawing bow at hindquarters of nude man holding stick (Burlesque: Archery).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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