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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 245v

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Initial L decorated with diapered ornament and four fantastic animals, each biting itself or the other, one forming as ascender with tail of foliate tendrils enclosing monkey or nude man with goad, mounted on camel, elephant with howdah on its back, and hybrid animal.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: two escutcheons, one Boisleux and the other vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: man, in jaws of fantastic animal, playing pipe and tabor, before woman, wearing berbette, dancing.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third in center.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 122 (Vulg., 121) in Vespers of Hours of the Virgin.

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