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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 34v

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Initial D
Psalm 022 (Vulg., 021).
Decorated initial D joined by dragon biting the initial body and its tail terminating in foliage enclosing heads of woman wearing berbette and man (couple).
In upper margin, female musician, wearing snood, playing viol, beside seated ape raising fruit to mouth.
Line ending: rabbit pursued by dog.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: cat holding mouse in mouth.
Line ending: two confronting hybrid men wearing pointed hats.
Line endings decorated with foliate and geometric ornament.

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