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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 247v

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Initial M decorated with diapered infilling and extension of foliate tendrils above female acrobat, as caryatid for the initial. Beginning of Canticle of Virgin Mary.
Line ending: escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: two hybrid men, one hooded, both confronting.
Line ending: two nude men, in jaws of fantastic animals, fighting with swords and shields (bucklers) (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: three fantastic animals, two swallowing the third biting the first one.
Line ending: three men dancing, the second with raised hands pointing to head, looking back at the first, and the third holding goblet (Sports and Games: Dancing).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Canticle of Virgin Mary in Vespers of Hours of the Virgin.

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