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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 128r

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1) Absalom: cast into Pit -- Five soldiers, wearing chain mail, pile stones on top of body of Absalom in pit.
Illustration of II Samuel 18:17.
2) David: brought back to Jerusalem -- Five mounted soldiers, in chain mail, armed with lances, accompany David, crowned, mounted, entering city gate of Jerusalem.
Illustration of II Samuel 19:40.
3) David: cherished by Abishag -- Abishag, wearing snood, kneels, raising draped hands toward David, crowned, with right hand raised to head on pillow, reclining under cover on four-post bed. Scene in architectural setting.
Illustration of I Kings 1:3-4.
4) Adonijah: usurping Kingdom -- Man, wearing cap, raises axe above plank on trestle before two chariots, one indicated by Adonijah, accompanied by four men, two blowing horns, all mounted.
Illustration of I Kings 1:5.
Scenes with gold punched backgrounds, within decorated frames.

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