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France, Paris, ca. 1500
MS M.365. Fol. 051v

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Shepherd, wearing hat, holding stick in right hand and raising left hand, is behind shepherd, hooded, with stick held in crook of right arm, kneeling with joined hands raised. At right is shepherd, wearing hat, holding pedum in left hand, kneeling with right hand raised. Behind him is shepherd, wearing hat. Above them is half-figure of angel, in cloud-edged arc of heaven holding scroll with pseudo-inscription. Scene is in landscape setting with flock of sheep.
Below miniature is inscription DEUS I(N) ADIUTORIU(M) MEU(M) I(N)TE(N)DE (Psalm 70:1, Vulg. 69:2).In lower margin man, wearing hat, plays bagpipe; at right, two men and woman, dance in line, holding hands.

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