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France, Bourges, ca. 1473
MS M.677 fol. 211r

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Psalm 006 (Vulg., 006)
David and Bathsheba: Bathsheba bathing -- David, head bowed, wearing ermine collar, enters gate of lattice-work fence, enclosing garden. Within garden, Bathsheba, wearing undergarments, tunic cast to side, extends bared legs into stream (bathing). At head of stream is fountain, surmounted by gabled arches. Within arches is urinating statue.
Beyond garden is castle, decorated with statues in niches and other figural reliefs. Figure stands within arched entrance.

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