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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 19r

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1) David: chosen by Samuel -- In architectural setting, Samuel extends hands, addressing seven sons of Jesse, beside Jesse standing at portal of building representing Bethlehem, with right hand raised indicating David in the next scene [David: anointed].
Illustration of I Samuel 16:6-12.
2) David: anointed -- Samuel with right hand grasps raised right hand of young David and with left hand raises horn of unction anointing the David, held by Jesse, beside six sons, two gesturing. Scene in architectural setting.
Illustration of I Samuel 16:13.
3) David: slaying Lion, and David: slaying Bear -- Young David with right hand grasps neck of lion and with left hand pulls lamb out of its jaws, beside bear dead on ground; four sheep and goat nibbling, all on hillock with three trees.
Illustration of I Samuel 17:34-36.
4) David: slinging at Goliath -- Young David, wearing hunting horn around waist, swings stone in sling with right hand and raises left hand toward Goliath, wearing helmet and chain mail with sheathed sword, standing with spear in right hand and with left hand on shield. Two stones strike the giant's forehead. Tree.
Illustration of I Samuel 17:49.

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