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Virgin Mary: Coronation.
Belgium, possibly Tournai, ca. 1440
MS M.357. Fol. 014v

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Full-page miniature divided into six registers including apostles, saints and martyrs, all nimbed:
1) Virgin Mary: Coronation -- In top register, Virgin Mary, nimbed and crowned, with joined hands, faces Christ, crossed nimbus, raising right hand in blessing, holding tripartite globe with left hand. At left, archangel Michael, wearing helmet and armor, holds scales with right hand and cross-staff with left hand. (Weighing of Soul) At right, angel, nimbed, with joined hands, looks on.3) At left, Christopher of Lycia, holding staff with both hands, looks back over right shoulder toward Christ Child, crossed nimbus, raising right hand in blessing, sitting on back of Christopher (Christopher of Lycia: carrying Christ Child); saint holding severed crown of head with both hands, either Nicasius of Reims or Denis of Paris; Lawrence of Rome, tonsured, holding book with right hand and gridiron with left hand; Stephen Protomartyr, tonsured, wearing deacon's vestments, holding four stones with both hands; Sebastian of Rome, wearing ermine lined mantle and armor, holding two arrows with right hand and bow with left hand; George of Cappadocia, wearing helmet and armor, transfixing dragon (only front of head visible) with sword (George of Cappadocia: slaying Dragon); Adrian of Nicomedia, wearing ermine lined mantle and armor, holding with right hand anvil on which is hammer, and raised sword with left hand.

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