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Book of hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
MS M.1170. Fol. 059v

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David: in Prayer -- Beside scepter, turban-like crown, and harp strewn on ground, David, with joined hands raised, kneels, glancing up toward angel, in arc of heaven, extending three arrows in left hand toward him.
Scene in grassy landscape with figures in two boats on water in background, castle buildings at far right, and several birds in flight.
Miniature at beginning of Seven Penitential Psalms.
Margins scattered with naturalistic flowers including forget-me-not, viola, zinnia, sweet pea and daisy; against gold background.

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