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Italy, 1482
MS M.893 fol. 127v

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David: communicating with God -- David, crowned, orant, wearing vair lined robe, kneels on ground amid sheep, next to harp. He is looking up toward half figure of God, rays as nimbus, in flaming arc of Heaven, right hand raised in gesture of blessing, holding globe surmounted by cross in left hand. Behind David are three men, wearing fur lined garments, of which one wears headgear, and another holds raised sword with right hand against right shoulder. Before David is small figure of shepherd holding staff. Scene is in hilly landscape with flowering plants and trees, and in background, windmill, two walled cities, and houses amid trees.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament.

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