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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 32r

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Zone 1:
1) David and Jonathan: Shooting of Arrow -- Jonathan, with three arrows in belt, holds bow in left hand and points with right hand. David, in mail, sits behind pile of stones with trees. To right, boy runs, holding arrows. Illustration of I Samuel 20:35-38.
2) David and Jonathan: parting -- To right, Jonathan and David, in mail with scabbard in belt, embrace. Tree in background. Illustration of I Samuel 20:41.
Zone 2:
1) David: with Ahimelech at Nob -- David receives two loaves of shewbread and sword of Goliath from Ahimelech, with head draped, attended by two priests with heads draped, man, and Doeg the Edomite with pedum in left hand. Illustration of I Samuel 21:1-9.
2) David: feigning Madness -- David, hooded, holds club in left hand and raises right hand, pretending madness before Achish, crowned, seated on throne with footstool, attended by two men. He holds fleur-de-lis scepter in right hand, and points with left hand toward David. Illustration of I Samuel 21:13-15.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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