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France, Avignon, approximately 1485-1490
MS M.348 fol. 35r

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Christ: Pietà -- Christ, rays as cross nimbus, wearing short loincloth, showing wounds in hands and side, reclines on cloth across lap of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, with joined hands, seated on ground. They are flanked by Evangelist John, nimbed, holding with both hands, end of the cloth under head of Christ, and by Holy Woman, nimbed, hands crossed on breast. In background are three crosses, center cross vacant, the other two bearing bodies.
Margins decorated with border of bands of floreate ornament inhabited by bird and fantastic animal.

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