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France, Paris, early 16th century
MS M.1114 fol. 28v

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed and wearing hat, carrying over right shoulder, crutch with drape, holding reins with left hand, walks next to head of ass. He looks back toward Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, seated sideways on ass, holding Christ Child on her lap.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including dianthus, daisy and strawberry, and inhabited by half figure of man wearing fool's hat emerging from flower, and by partridge.

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