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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 243r

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Initial I decorated with interlace and two fantastic animals, one biting the other, and both with tails intertwined.
In upper part of the initial I decorated with foliate extensions in upper margin, two women, wearing berbettes, at top of tower within castle, both lowering spears with banners, one decorated with heraldry of Boisleux and the other with heraldry of Neuville-Vitasse, to hands of mounted knights, wearing visors, one armed with heraldic shield of Neuville-Vitasse, each within scrolling foliate stem. Beginning of Psalm 126 (Vulg., 125).
Initial N decorated with diapered infilling and foliate tendrils entwined with fantastic animal in lower margin. Beginning of Psalm 127 (Vulg., 126).
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third in center.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first Boisleux, the second gules, a bordure argent, and the third Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: in jaws of fantastic animals, two nude men fighting with swords and shields (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalms 126 (Vulg., 125) and 127 (Vulg., 126) in None of Hours of the Virgin.

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