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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1470
MS H.7 fol. 80v

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Christ: Flight into Egypt, Fall of Idols -- Joseph the Carpenter, holding crutch with left hand and reins with right hand, leads ass toward bridge. Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, riding sideways on ass, holds swaddled Christ Child, cross-nimbed, in her arms. In background, broken idol falls from column.
Scene in landscape with lake and buildings of city in background. Two riders on road in distance.
Margins decorated with floreate border inhabited by monkey playing pipe and tabor and by bird.

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