Master of the Ingeborg Psalter, King David in an Initial S

After 1205
Manuscript illumination
The J. Paul Getty Museum (MS. 66 [99.MK.48], folio 70v.

The text begins Salvum me fac Deus quoniam [intrave]runt aque usque ad animam meam. Infixus sum in limo profundi et non est substantia, "Save me, O God: for the waters are come in even unto my soul. I stick fast in the mire of the deep: and there is no sure standing."

The commentators on Psalm 68 surveyed in the Glossa Ordinaria assume (III, 923-26) that the speaker of this psalm is Christ suffering on the day of his crucifixion. Consequently the artist has placed beside David's portrait a "double" representing Christ in the form of a crowned griffin. Griffins can represent either the devil or Christ; here the latter is indicated by the crown and the context.

The portrait of Christ in the upper section is based on " Christ Pantocrator"" images.

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