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Book of Hours
France, perhaps in Bourges, ca. 1460
M.430 fol. 87r

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, sits suporting on her lap nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus, extending right forefinger and left hand toward goblet held in left hand of eldest Magus, kneeling. Behind him is middle-aged Magus, holding vessel in right hand and raising left hand, and youngest Magus, wearing hat, holding vessel in right hand.
Figures are beneath roof of shed, above which is star of Bethlehem, emitting rays. More rays descend from sky toward Christ Child.
In margin is floreate border, including thistles and roses, inhabited by two birds.

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