Initial D: Samuel Anointing David

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: Samuel Anointing David

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of the Ingeborg Psalter (French, active about 1195 - about 1210)

Culture:

French

Date:

after 1205

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31 x 21.9 cm (12 3/16 x 8 5/8 in.)

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Samuel, a prophet renowned throughout the land, pours oil from a flask over the head of the young David, who was summoned so hurriedly from the fields where he tended sheep that he still grasps his shepherd's crook. David's anointing signaled the special role he would play in the future as the King of Israel. The image, which introduces Psalm 26, was inspired by the psalm's title, "The psalm of David before he was anointed."