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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1460
MS M.282 fol. 129r

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Christopher of Lycia: carrying Christ Child -- Christopher, nimbed, with both hands on staff, stands in water and carries on his shoulders Christ Child, nimbed, with right hand raised in blessing and holding cross-surmounted globe in left hand. On riverbank is hermit, holding lantern in left hand and prayer beads in right hand. Building behind him. Scene in landscape with distant buildings and hills and starry sky.
Margins with floreate and scroll ornament, inhabited by fantastic winged hybrid in right margin; and in lower margin by monkey seated atop dragon, biting the tip of the dragon's tail.

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