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Initial S, beginning Psalm 68

This initial S begins Psalm 68, “Salvum me fac deus quoniam intraverunt aquae usque ad animam mea” (Save me, O God, for the waters are come in even unto my soul). The crowned figure in the lower register is David raising his arms toward Christ, beseeching his divine aid. The abstracted vegetal motifs in the border decoration are characteristic of a group of manuscripts produced in the Ghent-Bruges region of Flanders, or modern-day Belgium. This group has been identified by scholars as the “Tweede” group based on shared stylistic affinities.

This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1270.

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