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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1520
MS M.307 fol. 59v

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Magi: Adoration -- Two of three Magi, kneeling, one raises hands; the other kisses right foot of nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus, reclining on cloth on lap of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled. Third Magus, black, holding hat with right hand and covered vessel with left hand, stands looking on. Behind him are six (?) men. On table next to Virgin Mary are two covered vessels. Ox and ass are behind low wall. Figures, possibly horsemen approach from distance; horseman rides across background.
Scene in partially ruined building with holes in walls.
Margins decorated with border of flowers and plants including rose, dianthus and red currants, and inhabited by caterpillar, snail, and fly.

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