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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 23v

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Initial D:
Psalm 008 (Vulg., 008).
Initial D formed by nude female acrobat, wearing snood, with hands in back grasping her feet, entwined with ascender-tail of fantastic animal swallowing foliate tendrils.
Line ending: hybrid man, crowned (?), with two bodies.
Line ending: two fantastic animals, one swallowing the other biting the first one.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a fretty and a canton argent.
Line ending: woman, wearing berbette, and man combatting with spears and shields (Scene, Sports and Games: Combat).
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering seated animal holding vessel (?).
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a fretty argent.
Line ending: snail encountering hooded man, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque, Fighting).

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