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Initial D: Samuel Anointing David
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Master of the Ingeborg Psalter
French, probably Noyon, after 1205
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
12 3/16 x 8 5/8 in.
MS. 66, FOL. 27

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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."