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King David And His Musicians, In A Historiated Initial To Psalm 80, In A Psalter

King David And His Musicians, In A Historiated Initial To Psalm 80, In A Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1225

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5102

Item number: f.77v

Length: 31.3

Width: 21.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Five full-page miniatures have been inserted as single leaves into this 13th-century Psalter, but they are in a different, older style, and are probably re-used from a 12th-century manuscript. There is no trace of a calendar or litany, and lacking any liturgical evidence, the manuscript has been tentatively attributed to the East Midlands. Psalm 80 begins 'Rejoice to God our helper: sing aloud to the God of Jacob . . . bring hither the timbrel: the pleasant psaltery with the harp, Blow up the trumpet . . .'. In the initial to this psalm King David is shown with his musicians, playing a harp, psaltery, bells, and horn.

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