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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 27r

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Zone 1:
Goliath: challenging Israelites -- Seven Israelites in mail, armed with lances, swords, and shields, mounted, attend Saul, crowned, in mail, mounted on caparisoned horse. To right, Goliath, in mail, wearing helmet, armed with spear, sword in scabbard, and shield slung behind his back, stands with armorbearer, wearing cap, armed with sword in scabbard and staff. Three mounted Philistines, in mail, armed with lances and shield, follow them. Illustration of I Samuel 17:4-11.
Zone 2:
1) David: sent to Brethren -- Jesse extends right hand toward David, wearing wreath on head, with his right hand raised, and pedum in left hand, beside tree and dog. Illustration of I Samuel 17:17,18.
2) David: leaving Sheep -- Keeper, wearing cape and tunic, holds pitchfork in left hand and raises right hand toward David, wearing wreath on his head and scrip (burse) at waist, with pedum in left hand. With right hand, he points to five sheep, one nibbling tree. Illustration of I Samuel 17:20.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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