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France, Angers or Tours, ca. 1460
MS M.199 fol. 102r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Angel, carrying casket with handle on top, follows behind ass on which Virgin Mary, nimbed, rides sideways, holding with both hands, Christ Child, cross nimbus, swaddled. Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, holds rein with right hand and crutch, from which hangs cask, over left shoulder. He looks toward Virgin Mary.
Scene in landscape with stream, and city in background.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament inhabited by two wildmen, one emerging from flower, and by man emerging from flower with helmet and shield, holding stem with both hands.

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