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Book of Hours
Belgium, possibly Tournai, end of the 14th century
MS M.314 fol. 73v

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Angel, in cloud-edged arc of heaven, holding scroll inscribed GLORIA IN EXCELCIS DEO based on Luke 02:14, looks down on two shepherds. One, wearing hood, sits and plays bagpipe. Another, wearing hat slung around his neck, stands holding pedum. Flock in landscape setting.
Scene against gold background, within architectural frame.
Margins decorated with ornament of gold leaves.

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