Depiction by Gustave Doré of Rizpah guarding the bodies of Armoni and Mephibosheth.
Armoni and Mephibosheth are the two sons of Saul with his concubineRizpah, daughter of Aiah. The brothers were two of the seven descendants of Saul, along with the five sons of Saul's daughter Merab, to be given by King David to the Gibeonites, whose abuse by Saul had been identified as the source of a famine. The Gibeonites hanged the men, and their mother Rizpah stood guard over their bodies for five months before they were allowed to be buried.(2 Samuel 21:8-9)