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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1470
MS H.7 fol. 66v

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Magi: Adoration -- Among three Magi, youngest Magus, wearing hat, extends right hand with vessel toward male figure, kneeling on one knee, next to middle-aged Magus, wearing hat and orphery decorated with figures and holding monstrance-like vessel. Eldest magus, hat on ground, holds vessel in both hands before Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated, holding spherical object in left hand. In her lap sits nude, cross-nimbed Christ Child, his hand reaching into Eldest Magus's vessel.
Scene takes place in front of shed in which there is spherical object on table. Star of Bethlehem above.
Scene in landscape setting with buildings of city and windmill in background.
Margins decorated with floreate border inhabited by hybrid queen wearing crown and playing lute and by bird.

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