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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
MS M.52 fol. 43r

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Innocents: Massacre -- Woman, holding bleeding and swaddled infant, falls to ground as executioner, raising sword held in right hand, grasps her shoulder. Body of infant, bleeding from wounds, lies on ground in front of her. Second executioner, holding sword in right hand, turns toward woman, holding bleeding, swaddled infant in lap. Falling to ground, she grasps with right hand his left arm.
Miniature and text framed by border decorated with budding and full flowers, including geraniums, violas, cornflowers, daisies, pea flowers, and rose, and inhabited by moths and butterfly.

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