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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 43r

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Zone 1:
1) David: told of Absalom's Death -- Three soldiers, in mail, one armed with spear, stand by caparisoned horse, behind Ahimaaz, in mail, raising right hand. Cushi, wearing cap, kneels, addressing David, crowned, with clasped hands raised to his face, beside four men, all in portal. Illustration of II Samuel 18:31-32.
2) David: seated before Gate -- Four men stand in portal of building; David, crowned, stands before throne, addressing group of soldiers in mail, armed with spears, two with scabbards at belts. Illustration of II Samuel 19:8.
Zone 2:
Sheba: Revolt -- Israelite soldiers in mail, armed with spears, stand beside Sheba in mail, blowing trumpet. To right, seven soldiers in mail, armed with spears, attend David, crowned, with scepter in right hand. All approach four men in city gate. Illustration of II Samuel 20:1-2.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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