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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, ca. 1500-1510
MS M.170 fol. 29r

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Christ: Nativity -- Nude Christ Child, crossed nimbus, reclines amid rays on draped manger. Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands, kneels at left; Joseph the Carpenter, with joined hands, kneels at foot of manger. Three angels, with joined hands, stand at His head. Ox stands at left, ass at right.
Scene in manger open on three sides, with roof, all enclosed with wattle fence. In background are hills with trees.
Foliate initial D with floreate decoration. All within architectural frame supported by two columns, decorated with intertwined branches, with foliate capitals.

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