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Bible Historiale
France, Paris, ca. 1415
MS M.394 fol. 143r

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Miniature in left column:
1) Solomon: communicating with God -- Angel, with left hand raised, points with right hand toward Solomon, wearing crown, lying in canopied bed beneath covers. Scene in room with wooden ceiling and wall hanging.
Illustration of I Kings 03:05-14.
Miniature in right column:
2) Solomon: Judgment -- Two women wearing veils, one wearing wimple, and the other with joined hands raised, both kneel before Solomon, wearing crown and ermine-lined mantle, seated on throne with feet on cushion, holding scepter in right hand and with left hand pointing toward nude infant, held by left arm by man with scimitar raised in right hand. Scene in landscape with city, tree, and rocks.
Illustration of I Kings 03:16-27.
In upper, lower, and left margins, ivy-rinceaux foliate decoration.

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