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Book of Hours
France, perhaps in Bourges, ca. 1460
M.430 fol. 92r

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Christ: Presentation -- Simeon, wearing miter, holds nude Christ, nimbed, with draped hands, over altar, on the other side of which stands Virgin Mary, nimbed, with left hand extended. Behind her are Prophetess Ann, holding basket with doves in left hand; Joseph the Carpenter; and man, wearing hat. Curved knife is on altar.
Scene is in room with canopy, two windows and open door. Rays descend from sky toward the Christ Child.
In margin is floreate border, including strawberries and roses, inhabited by three birds.

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