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Historiated Initial With Doeg's Slaughter Of The Priests of Nob, In A Psalter

Historiated Initial With Doeg's Slaughter Of The Priests of Nob, In A Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1220

Shelfmark: Lansdowne MS 431

Item number: f.43v

Length: 33

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The saints commemorated in the calendar and litany of this Psalter point without doubt to its having been made for an Augustinian house in East Anglia, and this house is very likely to have been Barnwell Priory, on the outskirts of Cambridge. The subject of this initial is not an especially well-known Bible story; it sometimes appears in Psalters to illustrate Psalm 51 because the biblical heading (which appears on this page as a rubric), alludes to the event. The lower margin on this page shows and early example of 'marginal' illustration, here depicting David with his slingshot, about to kill Goliath.

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