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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 25v

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Zone 1:
1) Samuel: communicating with God -- Samuel, head draped, kneels with joined hands raised toward Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, emerging from clouds; tree. Illustration of I Samuel 16:1-3.
2) Samuel: offering Heifer -- To right, Samuel, head draped, holds horned sheep and looks toward six elders of Bethlehem, one wearing pointed cap, some gesturing, before portal. Illustration of I Samuel 16:4.
Zone 2:
1) David: chosen by Samuel -- Samuel, head draped, raises right hand toward Jesse, wearing pointed cap, with right hand raised, and with left hand grasping right hand of one son with left hand raised, among six sons. Illustration of I Samuel 16:6-12.
2) David: as Shepherd -- David sits on grass, playing pipe, and ringing bell in right hand. Harp on stand and pedum flank him. Two goats nibble trees in background; flock and dog in foreground. Illustration of I Samuel 16:11.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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