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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 220v

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Initial D decorated with diapered infilling, and adjoined by ascender of fantastic animal with tail of foliate tendrils amid which are two men fighting with swords and shields (bucklers), one in jaws of fantastic animal and the other in jaws of animal with tail of foliate tendrils, in upper margin.
Below the initial, fantastic animal biting itself.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first vert, a fess argent, the second gules, a cross argent, and the third, gules, a bordure argent.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 024 (Vulg., 023) in Second Nocturn of Matins of Hours of the Virgin.

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