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(French, d. 1546)
Ink, tempera, and liquid gold on vellum
Each leaf: 11.2 x 6.4 cm (4 7/16 x 2 1/2 in.)
The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2003.174
The seven penitential psalms were recited to ask for forgiveness; they coincide with the seven deadly sins.
These two adjoining leaves begin the penitential psalms, or holy poems recited to ask for forgiveness. An elderly King David is depicted kneeling in prayer after having committed great sins. He has cast his harp and hat to the ground as an expression of humility and looks up to the sky to ask forgiveness. The text of Psalm 6 begins with the large decorated initial D and reads, “Domine ne in furore tuo arguas me: neque in ira tua corripias me,” or “O Lord rebuke me not in thy indignation, nor chastise me in thy wrath.”
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