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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 246v

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Initial L decorated with interlace, foliate tendrils, and foliate extensions in left and upper margins.
In upper part of the initial L, two women, wearing berbettes, at top of tower within castle with closed portals, each lowering bannered spear, one decorated with heraldry of Boisleux and the other with Neuville-Vitasse, to hands of mounted knight, wearing visor, one armed with heraldic shield of Neuville-Vitasse, each within scrolling foliate stem. Beginning of Psalm 147 (Vulg., 147).
Line ending: two nude men, in jaws of fantastic animals, fighting with swords and shields (bucklers) (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: two escutcheons, one vert, a fess argent, and the other Neuville-Vitasse.
Line ending: man, armed with sword, pursued by rabbit.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Psalm 147 (Vulg., 147) in Vespers of Hours of the Virgin.

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