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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 239v

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Initial L decorated with diapered infilling, beast head, interlace, and foliate ornament.
Above the initial L in upper margin, woman, wearing heraldic garment of Boisleux, standing, holding two heraldic banners, one Boisleux and the other Neuville-Vitasse, between two mounted knights, wearing visors and chain mail, armed with heraldic shields, one Boisleux and the other Neuville, both jousting with tilting poles or spears.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: two escutcheons, one gules, a bordure and a canton argent, on a chief label of three azure, and the other Boisleux.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: devil with grapnel striking hybrid animal holding stick and looking back at the devil.
Line ending: head of man in jaws of animal head; hybrid animal pecking at severed upper part of man and dragging rope around neck of nude man on ground.
Line ending: two escutcheons of Neuville-Vitasse and Boisleux.
Line ending: man with spear attacking fantastic animal.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 122 (Vulg., 121) in Terce of Hours of the Virgin.

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