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Book of Hours
Northern France or Flanders, ca. 1445
M.287 fol. 75r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, holding swaddled Christ Child, nimbed, is seated sideways on bridled ass. Small ox walks next to the ass, behind Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, with purse at waist, carrying with right hand on right shoulder, bedwarmer or warming pan draped with sack or cloth. He walks with crutch in left hand.
Scene in landscape with buildings, stream, field of grain (?), hills; star or sun at top of frame.
Miniature and text surrounded by gold frame on three sides, terminating in foliate ornament. Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament, including strawberry.

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