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Vita Christi (Life of Christ)
France, perhaps Corbie, ca. 1175
MS M.44 fol. 2r

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Christ: Nativity -- Joseph the Carpenter, wearing cap, sits with his head resting on left hand, behind Virgin Mary, veiled, reclining on mattress (?).
Below, angel, decorated nimbus, descends from right toward Christ Child, cross-nimbed, swaddled, in manger before ass and ox; fence in background. Lamp is suspended between looped curtains.
Scene against gold background, within decorated frame.

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