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France, Paris, early 16th century
MS M.1114 fol. 26v

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Christ: Presentation -- Beneath canopy, Simeon, nimbed, wearing miter and cope, with arms crossed on breast, stands behind altar draped with cross inscribed altar cloth. On opposite side of the altar, nude Christ Child, rayed, crossed nimbus, is held on drapery by Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, kneeling. Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, with joined hands stands at end of the altar; Anna Prophetess, nimbed and wearing hat, holding candle with right hand and with left hand, basket in which are two doves, is at right.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including daisy, viola, grapes, and strawberry, and inhabited by fantastic animal and bird.

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