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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 234v

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Initial B decorated with diapered infilling and foliate terminals.
The initial spandrel supported by fantastic animal biting itself, with man clambering upwards on its tail.
Line ending: nude man, in jaws of fantastic animal, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line ending: rabbit pursued by dog.
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: man wrestling with animal.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Canticle of Zacharias (not Hebrews Three according to rubric) in Lauds of Hours of the Virgin.

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