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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol.369v

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Scene, Liturgical: Celebration of Mass -- Two deacons, both tonsured, wearing vestments, kneeling, lift chasuble of priest, tonsured, wearing vestments. One deacon holds candles in left hand with bell on ground beside him. The other deacon swings thurible. Priest elevates host above altar with open book, displaying miniature of Crucifixion with Virgin Mary and Evangelist John, and two candles.
Altar surmounted by retable carved with figures including the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in upper section. Four columns surmounted by angels surround altar.
Two figures kneel at left and right sides of altar.
Scene framed by border depicting woman, appearing in window of building, conversing with falconer with falcon perched on left arm, standing below window, within courtyard. Dog, wearing collar, sits beside him. Garden enclosed by lattice-work fence.

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