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England, perhaps Oxford, ca. 1265
MS G.42 fol. 161r

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Psalm 001 (Vulg., 001).
1) David: as Musician -- In upper register, David, crowned, is seated on throne playing harp. Before him stands male figure dressed in striped costume playing viol.
2) David: beheading Goliath -- Below, David, holding sword with both hands, stands on and beheads Goliath, semi-reclining, holding shield with rampant lion in right hand and spear in left hand.
Scenes on pink patterned background within initial B decorated with short extensions containing foliate ornament, lion and human head.

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