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

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Psalm 098 (Vulg., 097).
1) David and Bathsheba: in Bed -- David, crowned, and Bathsheba, both partly nude, embrace under cover on draped four-post bed, beneath lamp suspended from arch of architectural setting, beside building with closed portals.
Illustration of II Samuel 11:4.
2) David: sending Uriah to Joab -- David, crowned, sits with legs crossed on bench, holding sword in right hand and with left hand extending letter to right hand of Uriah the Hittite in chain mail, mounted on bridled horse departing to right. Scene in architectural setting.
Illustration of II Samuel 11:14.
3) David: Marriage with Bathsheba -- Man, wearing hat, with left hand joins right hand of crowned David with right hand of Bathsheba. Scene in architectural setting.
Illustration of II Samuel 11:27.

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