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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 22v

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Initial D:
Psalm 006 (Vulg., 006).
Initial D with descender formed by fantastic animal with foliate terminal, bitten by another fantastic animal with foliate tail of spiralling foliage, in which are four men, one, hooded, holding bagpipe, another holding mallet (?), and the third and the fourth dancing, the latter with raised hands pointing to head, in lower margin.
Line ending: two men, wearing caps, wrestling.
Line ending: escutcheon of azure, three horseshoes argent.
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, playing viol (?).
Line ending: escutcheon of azure, a chevron between annulets argent.
Line ending: man pursued by rabbit.

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