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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1470
MS H.7 fol. 62v

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Angel with scroll, inscribed GLORIA IN [EXCELCIS] from Luke 2:14, hovers above three shepherds amid flock. One, wearing hood, holds staff in right hand and raises left hand. Second shepherd holds staff in right hand and raises hat above head with left hand. Third shepherd raises right hand and holds staff in left hand, beside his hat on ground.
Scene in landscape setting with river and buildings of city.
Margins decorated with floreate border inhabited by cat playing psaltery and by bird.

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