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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 26v

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Initial S:
Psalm 012 (Vulg., 011).
Man lifting tunic, pointing to nude man with hands raised pointing to head, both dancing; below, two centaurs, wearing caps, one shooting with bow and arrow at the other grasping tendril and heaving object, all within spiralling foliate tendrils, two forming interlace with foliate terminals in lower margin, and another forming tail of dragon-descender of decorated initial S with beast head.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a cross between annulets argent, and two men, wearing trousers, combatting with swords and shields (bucklers).
Line ending: bird pecking at protruding tongue of fox lying on its back (Bestiary: Fox feigning Death).
Line ending: two escutcheons, one with gules, a dragon argent, and the other with argent, on a bordure gules bezanty argent (?).
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a fretty and a canton argent; man wearing trousers, armed with shield and spear, pursuing nude figure holding rod.
Line ending: two men dancing, one wearing trousers, and the other with raised hands pointing to head, looking back.
Line ending: foliate and geometric ornament.

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