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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1480
MS M.136 fol. 59v

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Virgin Mary: Visitation -- Maidservant, wearing headdress, holding basket in right hand, stands behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, holding gathered garment in right hand and extending left hand to arm of Elizabeth, nimbed, wearing wimpled veil, with right hand on abdomen of the Virgin. Scene before city with towers flying banners. Above is sun.
Margins with foliate and vinescroll ornament, inhabited by hybrid ass, wearing bridle; and hybrid man, wearing helmet that covers his eyes, holding shield in right hand and sword in left hand.

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