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France, ca. 1400
MS M.264 fol. 38v

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Christ: Nativity -- Joseph the Carpenter, decorated nimbus, stands behind Virgin Mary, decorated nimbus, veiled, sitting on mattress, embracing Christ child, cross-nimbed, nude, kneeling in manger. Ass and tethered ox look on from within shed.
Scene in landscape setting against patterned background within gold frame.
Page decorated with foliate border with flowers and acanthus leaves.

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