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France, Tours or Paris, between ca. 1490-1510
MS M.291 fol. 14r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with joined hands raised, kneels at prie-dieu on which is open book, and looks toward Archangel Gabriel, nimbed. Gabriel, wearing cross surmounted fillet, stole crossed on breast, and cope with border decorated with figures in niches, holds scepter in left hand and with right hand indicates dove of Holy Ghost descending amid rays toward Virgin Mary.
Scene in circular room decorated with architectural ornament.
Margins decorated with lattice overlaying border of floreate ornament including columbine, thistle, rose and daisy, and inhabited by bird and dragonfly.

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