'And the King said, Divide the living child in two', mid-late 19th century. Creator
'And the King said, Divide the living child in two', mid-late 19th century. Biblical scene, from 1 Kings 3: 25: 'And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.' Story also known as The Judgement of Solomon: King Solomon is asked to make a decision when two women both claim to be the mother of a baby. 'Then the woman whose son was alive spoke to the king because she yearned with compassion for her son. "Please, my lord", she said, "give her the living baby. Do not kill him!" But the other woman said, "He will not be mine or yours. Cut him in two!"'. Engraving.
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Page from the Belleville Breviary 1323-1326. Artist: Jean Pucelle
Page from the Belleville Breviary 1323-1326. The upper miniature shows Saul (11th century BC), Old Testament ruler, in a fit of jealous madness, threatening his son-in-law David who became the first king of the Judean dynasty of Israel. At bottom left, Cain kills his brother Abel, while at bottom right, a priest holds a wafer, representing the body of Christ, and a queen dispenses alms to beggars.
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