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Book of Hours
Belgium, perhaps Bruges, ca. 1440
MS M.19 fol. 21r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, holding in right hand scroll inscribed AVE GRATIA PLENA DOMINUS TECUM, pointing upward with left hand toward God in blue arc of heaven, kneels on one knee before Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands raised before draped prie-dieu with open book with pseudo-inscription. Scroll extends from mouth of Virgin Mary inscribed ECCE ANCELLA DEI FIAT MICHI SECUNDUM VERBUM TUUM. Dove of Holy Ghost descends on rays from God to Virgin Mary. On tile floor between Gabriel and Virgin Mary is vase with lily.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux floreate ornament.

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