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France, Savoy or Besançon, ca. 1470
MS M.196 fol. 108r

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Christopher of Lycia: carrying Christ Child and Scene, with Hermit -- Christopher, nimbed, leaning on staff held with right hand, his cloak blowing out behind him, walks across stream, looking back over his left shoulder at Christ Child, nimbed, right hand raised, holding cross surmounted globe with left hand, kneeling on shoulders of Christopher. Hermit, holding crutch with right hand and lantern in left hand stands on near shore, between wattle fence and building.
Scenes in landscape with stream and rocky outcrops.
Margins decorated with rectilinear frame around miniature and text, and with border of floreate and foliate ornament inhabited by hybrid man holding bannered staff.

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