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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 217r

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Initial D decorated with diapered infilling, adjoined with ascender of interlaced extension and with horizontal extension of scrolling tendrils entwined with fantastic animal, wrapped around nude man seated with crossed legs, and attacked by horned and winged serpent in upper margin.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a fretty and a canton argent.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, an eagle displayed argent, beside two men, armed with swords and shields, combatting.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: escutcheon of argent, on a bordure gules bezanty argent.
Line ending: horned fantastic animal.
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third in center.
Line ending: escutcheon of azure, a lion rampant or a dragon argent.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 099 (Vulg., 098) in First Nocturn of Matins of Hours of the Virgin.

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