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Book of hours
France, probably Rouen, ca. 1470
MS M.32 fol. 13v

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Margin, upper: Christ: meeting Samaritan Woman -- Beneath rays and starry sky, two nimbed apostles attend Christ, decorated crossed nimbus, with right forefinger indicating Samaritan woman, veiled, pulling rope about windlass above hexagonal well; vessel on ground. Scene in landscape with trees beyond. Arched vignette with block border of floreate and foliate decoration, including strawberries. Margin, lower: Moses: crossing Red Sea -- On bank, horned Moses, white-haired and bearded, stands with rod in left hand, addressing group of Israelites; Pharaoh, name inscribed REX PHARAON, wearing headgear, with hands raised, mounted on horse, is partly submerged in sea, in which Egyptian soldiers are drowning; on distant shore is group of soldiers. Scene in landscape, with hills and trees on shores. Square vignette within block border of floreate and foliate decoration, including currants. Block border at left of floreate and foliate decoration, including roses.

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