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France, probably Besançon, ca. 1430
MS M.293 fol. 63r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated sideways on saddled ass. She holds with both hands, swaddled Christ Child, crossed nimbus. Walking at head of ass, Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, carries crutch with both hands over right shoulder, cloth draped on left shoulder, looking back at Mary.
Scene in hilly landscape with trees, city in background, tree trunks in foreground.
Margins decorated with border of foliate rinceaux, and foliate and floreate ornament including daisy.

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