David with Musical Instruments
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Master of Jean de Mandeville
French, Paris, about 1360 - 1370
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment

MS. 1, V1, FOL. 273

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King David, believed during the Middle Ages to be the author of the Psalms, introduces the opening of the Book of Psalms in the Historical Bible . He appears holding a harp, the stringed instrument often associated with the Psalms, while a psaltery and a rebec, other medieval stringed instruments, are pictured nearby. Part of David's traditional association with musical instruments derives from a narrative in the Book of Kings, in which the priest Samuel calls upon the young David to soothe King Saul with beautiful songs.

Daily, both clergy and lay people read portions of the Book of Psalms, one of the most popular books of the Bible.

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