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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1470
MS H.7 fol. 70v

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Christ: Circumcision -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, supports above draped altar Christ Child, cross-nimbed, left hand raised, right hand touching Virgin Mary's wrist. At right, Mohel holds instrument for circumcision with right hand, his left hand beneath cloth. At left, Joseph the Carpenter, with walking stick in right hand, stands in front of man wearing conical hat, beside two women, one wearing veil, the other wearing hat, her right hand raised. In foreground stands Prophetess Anna, veiled, holding basket of doves. In background, man, wearing hat, holds candle in left hand.
Scene takes place in room.
Margins decorated with floreate border inhabited by hybrid man wearing hat and by bird.

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