||A full-page initial word panel to the book of Numbers portrays the four leading princes of the Tribes of Israel as knights. They are holding their banners with armorial devices, as they camp around the Tabernacle (Num. 2). Each is depicted within a golden gabled tent on a blue ground and placed in the centre of each side of the panel. Apiece of the armorial device is in accordance with either Jacob’s (Gen. 49) or Moses’ (Deut. 33) blessings. At the top, in the east (Num. 2:3) is Judah with a lion passant (Gen. 49:9); to the right, in the south (Num. 2:10) is Reuben with an eagle (no literal reference was found for this device); at the bottom, in the west (Num. 2:13) is Ephraim with a bull (Deut. 33:17); and to the left, in the north (Num. 2:25) is Dan with a snake (Gen. 49:17).
The leading princes surround the initial word “And the Lord spake“ ("וידבר"), written in bold gold letters outlined in red and white lines, within a blue panel decorated with foliated branches. Two winged hybrids flank the upper tent, depicted on a chequered red or purple ground. Each hybrid has a human head and a long tail which terminates with an animal head. Two additional hybrids with human heads and two small dragons flank the lower tent, depicted on a checkered red or purple ground. The hybrid on the right has faces on his knees and human hands as legs, while the one on the left has human feet. A yellow band with a black stepped crenellated running motif surrounds the full-page panel and the initial word panel.