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Gallican Psalter with Canticles, Litany, and Two Prayers (Lewis Psalter)
France, Paris, c. 122530

Historiated Initial D with the Anointing and Coronation of David. In the letter D that introduces Psalm 26, King David is seated on his throne, as two men place a crown on his head. The text is embellished with beast heads, pen flourishes, and feathery extensions in the margins.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 185, fol. 52

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