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France, ca. 1511
MS M. 8 fol. 211r

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David: communicating with God -- David, crowned, wearing armor, with joined hands raised, kneels on one knee next to harp, looking up toward God as half-figure, crossed nimbus, crowned, right hand raised, holding tripartite globe with left hand, emerging from cloud. Scene in landscape. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including viola, cornflower, thistle, rose, and daisy, and inhabited by snail and by monkey, partially wearing hood, seated on three legged stool, raising right hand in blessing, holding crozier with left hand, cat with mouse in mouth at its feet. Text is beginning of Psalm 27 (Vulg., 26), in Matins for Monday.

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