Initial E: David Playing the Harp (Getty Museum); King David sits before a city. Singing as he plays the harp, David appears not only as the author of the psalms but also as their performer. Angels clustered nearby accompany him with musical instruments. A queen and her court of noblewomen pray from open books. The original owner of this manuscript, most likely a noblewoman, could recognize the importance of her own devotional act of reading the psalms.