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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 35r

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Zone 1:
1) Saul: Body despoiled (Stripping of Body) -- Among six Philistines in mail, armed with sword, halberd and spear, three strip mail from Saul, crowned, lying on hill. In foreground, bodies of Jonathan, Abinadab, and Melchishua, Sons of Saul, and armor-bearer are transfixed with arrows, broken spear and sword. Illustration of I Samuel 31:8.
2) Saul: Body despoiled (Beheading) -- One of eleven Philistine soldiers in mail, armed with spears, halberds, notched falchion, and swords, points to Saul crowned, prostrate, bloodied, beheaded, and another holds his mail and visor. Illustration of I Samuel 31:9.
Zone 2:
Saul: Body despoiled (Armor at Ashtaroth) -- One of six Philistines in mail, armed with spear, places mail, sword, and crowned visor of Saul on draped altar of Ashtaroth under idol flanked by two candles in candlesticks under canopy.
To right, seven Philistines in mail, armed with spears, swords, and halberd, depart from city gate;, one carries spear impaled with crowned head of Saul. Illustration of I Samuel 31:10.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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