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Book of Hours
France, perhaps Paris, ca. 1465
MS M.1027 fol. 105r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated sideways on bridled ass holding on her lap, Christ Child, nimbed, holding scroll (?). Joseph the Carpenter, wearing conical hat, holding crutch with left hand, walks at head of the ass. Behind him is woman, veiled, holding basket on her head with left hand.
Scene in landscape with tree stump in foreground, rocky outcrops, and city in background, all below star.
Initial D decorated with foliate ornament.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament including fern, columbine, and viola. In right margin, scroll inscribed with motto of BenoƮt Damian, DE SURPLUS.

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