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Book of Hours
France, Lyon or Amiens, ca. 1450-1460
MS M.1066 fol. 20r

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1) Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling before open book on altar with retable decorated with icon and canopy, turns toward Archangel Gabriel, with peacock wings, wearing cope, kneeling with arms crossed before chest.
Scene inside church or chapel with rib vaults, open door, windows, and patterned fabric hanging in background, all within arched gold frame.
Medallion in lower margin:
2) Joachim and Anna: at Golden Gate -- Joachim, wearing headgear, and Anna, veiled, embrace before Golden Gate of Jerusalem.
Scene in landscape setting.
Lozenge in right margin:
3) Zacharias: Annunciation -- Zacharias, dressed as High Priest, swinging censer before altar, looks up toward flying angel.
Scene within lozenge interwoven with quatrefoil.

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