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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 233r

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Initial C decorated with diapered infilling, beside fantastic animal with tail of foliate tendrils, forming ascender-bar. Beginning of Psalm 149 (Vulg., 149).
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering seated nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: four escutcheons, the first gules, a bordure argent, the second gules, a bordure and a canton argent, the third gules, a bordure and a canton argent, on chief label of three vert, and the fourth Boisleux.
Line ending: two men dancing, one with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the other.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 149 (Vulg., 149) in Lauds of Hours of the Virgin.

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