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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1485-1490
MS M.231 fol. 57r

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Virgin Mary: Visitation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands, faces Elizabeth, nimbed, wearing headdress, both hands on abdomen of Mary. Joseph the Carpenter, holding crutch with right hand, stands behind Mary.
Scene in landscape with rocky outcrop and city in background, with tower surmounted by dome.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including viola and dianthus, and inhabited by mallard and heron or pelican pecking at breast.

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