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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 16r

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Zone 1:
1) Levite: lodged by Man of Gibeah -- Levite, holding knife, and veiled concubine, holding loaf, are flanked by daughter and Man of Gibeah with pitcher, each holding bowl. All sit at draped table on which are bowls, cup, and loaves; in foreground, kneeling servant cuts loaf with knife. Illustration of Judges 19:21.
2) Levite: Concubine led forth -- From portal of building, concubine, wearing snood, with her left hand raised, is led by her right hand by Levite with his left hand pointing toward her, both before five Benjamites, armed with sword, notched falchion, mace, axe, and club. Three wear caps; one wears hood. Illustration of Judges 19:25.
Zone 2:
1) Levite: Concubine led forth -- Four Benjamites, three armed with sword, notched falchion, and axe, seize arms and waist of concubine in center. Illustration of Judges 19:25.
2) Levite: Concubine on Threshold -- Concubine lies on threshold; Man of Gibeah looks out in window of house, and servant and Levite, with hands raised, stand in doorway; tree. Illustration of Judges 19:27.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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