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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1390-1399 and ca. 1470
MS W.4 fol. 15r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, holding with right hand scroll inscribed AVE GRACIA PLENA DOMINUS TEC[UM], indicates and looks toward Virgin Mary, nimbed, raising right hand and holding book with left hand. Between them is vase with stem of lilies, next to stream of water (?). In upper left corner, in arc of Heaven, appears bust of God, crossed nimbus, from whom descends, on ray, dove of Holy Ghost, next to head of Virgin Mary.
Scene on grassy foreground with background of red with gold ornament.
Margins decorated with border of ivy rinceaux, some on rectilinear bars.

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