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Lansdowne 431 f. 11 Psalm 1
Psalm 1
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Description: Illuminated initial 'B'(eatus) at the beginning of Psalm 1 in a full border, with medallions in the corners of personifications of Church and Synagoge in the upper medallions, and two standing men in the lower medallions, perhaps Paul and a prophet, and in the centre of side borders mandorlas with David playing a harp and a musician playing a fiddle. Within the border are numerous animals, and around the letter are many figures including the symbols of the Evangelists in the corners, standing prophets holding scrolls, a standing man in armour holding a spear and shield with a smaller man below in a conical hat, possibly Goliath and David, together with another musician, various entertainments including a knife-juggler and a bear-baiter, and animals and birds within foliage. 
Origin: England, E. (East Anglia?) 


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