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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 227r

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Initial C decorated with diapered infilling and foliate terminals, adjoined in left margin by fantastic animal biting hindquarters of nude male acrobat with head beneath his hindquarters, grasping his legs, with monkey raising hand to object in mouth, seated on his right arm. Man, armed with sword and shield (buckler), treads on and attacks the fantastic animal. Beginning of Psalm 098 (Vulg., Psalm 097).
The initial C adjoined in upper margin by fantastic animal with its body coiled around nude male figure, and its head entwined with tail of the other fantastic animal.
Line ending: hybrid man, crowned, with two bodies.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: three men dancing, the second with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the first, and the third holding bagpipe (Sports and Games: Dancing).
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first Boisleux, the second Neuville-Vitasse with a label of three azure, and the third vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: man thrusting spear toward boar (Hunting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 098 (Vulg., Psalm 097) in Fourth Nocturn of Matins of Hours of the Virgin.

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