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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 34r

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Zone 1:
David: Saul's Spear taken -- Abishai in mail, wearing broad helmet, with right hand on scabbard at waist, stands behind David, in mail, kneeling with Saul's spear in right hand and stealing cup. Saul, crowned, lies sleeping in tent; in foreground, five soldiers in mail, one with scabbard, sit sleeping.
To right, Saul, crowned, and Abner, both in mail, stand outside tent, looking up at David raising cup and holding spear, attended by Abishai, both in mail, on hill. Illustration of I Samuel 26:12.
Zone 2:
David: guided by Egyptians -- Soldiers in mail, armed with mace, halberd, spear, sword, axe, and bannered lances, some mounted, depart from city of Ziklag. They follow David in mail, armed with heraldic shield of rosettes, mounted on caparisoned horse, conducted by Egyptian youth pointing to right; tree. Illustration of I Samuel 30:15.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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