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France, Paris, 1490-1500
MS M.7 fol. 78v

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Holy Kinship -- Two women, nimbed, veiled, one probably Mary Salome, one holding book and the other with joined hands raised, stand behind Apostle James, nimbed, holding staff in right hand and book in left hand, with purse at waist, and Evangelist John, nimbed, with right hand raised in blessing to goblet with two serpents held in left hand, both as youths. To right, Anna, nimbed, veiled, sits with open book with pseudo-inscription on her lap, beside Virgin Mary, nimbed, as young girl, with left hand on book. In background is screen and three male figures.
Margins decorated with bands of floreate ornament alternating with bands enclosing fantasic animals.

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