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In this fully illustrated psalter, the historiated initials comment on the text of the psalm they illustrate. The initial I beginning Psalm 10, "In domino confido..." (In the Lord I put my trust) is illustrated by David confiding to God. The initial S, beginning Psalm 11, "Salvum me fac domine..." (Save me, O Lord) with David speaking to God. In the lower left margin, the artist makes an irreverent visual pun with the position of ornament and the ape's backside.

Opening with an initial I, beginning Psalm 10, and an initial S, beginning Psalm 11

This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1225-1240.

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