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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 109r

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1) and 2) David: Fetching of Ark -- Uzzah lies prostrated on ground, before Ark of Covenant flanked by two candles in candlesticks in draped cart pulled by four oxen, driven by Ahio wearing hooded garment, holding rod. To right, David, crowned, plays portable organ, accompanied by group of men and youths, some wearing caps, playing musical instruments including horns, viol, pipe, and psaltery (?), and women, one dancing, one playing castanets, and another, wearing snood, striking tamborine.
Illustration of II Samuel 6:1-7.
3) and 4) David and Bathsheba: Bathsheba bathing -- Servant supports David, crowned, placing his right arm around the servamt's shoulders, approaching with legs crossed, and extending left hand through window of tower, pointing toward Bathsheba, with towel over her breast and arms, raising hands to her head, standing beside basin on stand. Scene in architectural setting.
Illustration of II Samuel 11:2-4.
Scenes with gold diapered and punched backgrounds, within decorated frames.

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