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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 42r

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Zone 1:
Uriah the Hittite: at Door -- In tent surmounted by eagle on globe, Uriah, in mail, wearing cap, sits behind table on which are pitcher, cup, bowl, knife and loaf (banquet); in foreground, servant kneels, proffering bowl of fish. Uriah with left hand points to two men, one holding bowl, and the other departing from red portal of house. Illustration of II Samuel 11:9.
Zone 2:
1) David: sending Uriah to Joab -- David, crowned, wearing vair-lined mantle, sits on bench with footstool, giving sealed letter to Uriah, in mail, armed with sheathed sword, kneeling. Illustration of II Samuel 11:14.
2) Uriah the Hittite: Death -- Uriah, wearing visor, in mail, transfixed with arrow in breast, falls from caparisoned horse. Soldiers, in mail, one wearing visor, some mounted, attack city; one mounts on ladder. Two heave stones from battlement. All are armed with axes, spears, bow and arrow, crossbows, lance, shields, and sling. Illustration of II Samuel 11:17.
Scenes within architectural frames.

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