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France, possibly Toulouse, ca. 1490
M.463 fol. 44v

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, seated, holds in her lap nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus. In his lap is gold box. Kneeling on one knee before him, hands crossed, next to crown, is eldest Magus. Behind him are two Magi, one of which is black, wearing crowns, and holding gold vessels. Scene is beneath roof of shed. In sky is star of bethlehem, rays from which descend toward the Christ Child.
Margin is decorated with foliate border, including strawberries, inhabited by fantastic bird.

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