Initial D: Zacchaeus and Christ
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German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 164

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Within the curling tendrils of an initial D, Christ extends a scroll to Zacchaeus. According to Saint Luke's gospel, Zacchaeus was a wealthy tax collector who climbed into a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus as he entered Jericho. After meeting Jesus, he donated half his worldly goods to the poor.