Initial D: Herod Ordering the Massacre of the Innocents; Initial V: Clerics Singing

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: Herod Ordering the Massacre of the Innocents; Initial V: Clerics Singing

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Northeastern France, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1300

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 26.4 x 18.3 cm (10 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

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This page beginning the service of Sext in the Hours of the Virgin opens with a line from Psalm 69, Deus in adiutorium meum intende (God, come to my assistance). The illustration in the initial and the scene below tell the story of the Massacre of the Innocents. Within the initial D, King Herod gives the order to slay all male children two years old and under. Below, standing on the elaborate vine scroll extending from the initial, a soldier fulfills Herod's order, raising his sword to strike even as a mother tries to save her child. To the right, another woman kneels on the ground, grieving for her slain child.

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