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France, probably Besançon, ca. 1430
MS M.293 fol. 53r

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated on draped throne with canopy, holding nude Christ Child, crossed nimbus, on her lap. He raises right hand in blessing and extends left hand to open vessel containing coins, held in both hands of eldest magus, crowned, kneeling at His feet. Of the other two Magi, crowned, each holding covered vessel in left hand, one indicates upward with right hand; the other raises right hand to crown.
Landscape in background with wattle fence; star in arc of above the canopy.
Margins decorated with border of foliate rinceaux, and foliate and floreate ornament.

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