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Page from illuminated manuscript, front cover

  • Initial D: Christ Enthroned
  • Master of the Ingeborg Psalter (French, active about 1195-1210)
  • Noyon, France — location likely created
  • Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
  • Page size 12 3/16 x 8 5/8 inches; image shows a selection
  • The image records the three opening verses of Psalm 110. (This rendering is numbered Psalm 109 from the Vulgate, taking its number from an original Hebrew text.) Two variants of this psalm exist, which deviate after the third verse. They agree on the lines:The Lord said unto my lord: sit at my right hand; until I make your (personal) enemies the footstool of your feet. The Lord will send out of Zion a scepter of your courage, to rule in the midst of your enemies.The commonly accepted continuation, as recorded in the ESV, continues:

    Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedeck.”

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