Initial D: The Lion of Judah

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: The Lion of Judah

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

German

Place(s):

Hildesheim, Germany (Place created)

Date:

probably 1170s

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 28.2 x 18.9 cm (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Standing prominently within an initial D, the Lion of Judah serves here as a representation of one of the original twelve tribes of Israel. Christian commentators used the Lion of Judah as a symbol to signify Jesus' descent from King David. The initial heralds the beginning of the prayer Deus qui Hod[ierna die(God who on this day).