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Book of Hours
Belgium, possibly Ghent, ca. 1480-1490
M.278 fol. 82v

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Christ: Presentation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, extends both hands holding nude Christ Child, rayed nimbus, standing on draped circular altar below canopy. He extends left hand to right hand of Simeon, tonsured, standing on opposite side of the altar. They are flanked by two men wearing hats, woman wearing headdress, Joseph the Carpenter holding crutch, and Anna the Prophetess, wearing headdress, and holding candle.
Scene in apsidal space, with leaded windows each decorated with medallion enclosing standing figure.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including viola, speedwell, and rose, and inhabited by fly, chaffinch and possibly jay.

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