Illuminated Manuscript: King David Kneeling Before God

Illuminated Manuscript: King David Kneeling Before God


Description: Richly colored miniature of Kind David, with the text of Psalm 6, from a European (most likely French) Book of Hours, c.1500, on vellum. The recto depicts King David richly adorned with gold and blue robes looking up at an image of God in the sky. David is pictured in a meadow surrounded by trees and rocks, with his harp in a bag next to him. Framing the miniature are classical columns with cherubs on top. The text of Psalm 6 begins with a three-line gold and silver initial ("D") in a banner across the bottom of the miniature. The text, which continues on the recto, contains six additional single-line initials in red, blue, and gold. [France?]: c1500. One leaf on vellum, approx. 7.5 x 5 inches. A spot of dampstaining to the top of the miniature (in the sky), the image of God blurry. A few wrinkles to the vellum. A beautiful leaf with strong colors. The text (Palm 6) in Latin: Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me, neque in ira tua corripias me. Miserere mei, Domine, quoniam infirmus sum?; sana me, Domine, quoniam conturbata sunt ossa mea. Et anima mea turbata est valde?; sed tu, Domine, usquequo?? Convertere, Domine, et eripe animam meam?; salvum me fac propter misericordiam tuam. Quoniam non est in morte qui memor sit tui?; in inferno autem quis confitebitur tibi?? Laboravi in gemitu meo?; lavabo per singulas noctes lectum meum?: lacrimis meis stratum meum rigabo. Turbatus est a furore oculus meus English translation (King James): O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief Note: A frame is available for this item for an additional $150.
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