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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1470
MS H.7 fol. 85v

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Christ: Bewailing -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, kneels, her left hand raised, her right hand extended toward Christ, cross-nimbed, in short loin cloth, bleeding from wounds, reclining on cloth on ground, below tau-cross. At left, kneeling man, possibly Joseph of Arimathea, holds end of cloth, in front of two holy women, one nimbed, veiled, with hands joined, the other nimbed, with hands crossed. At right, man, possibly Nicodemus, wearing hat, holds end of the cloth with both hands, in front of Evangelist John, nimbed, raising right hand and with left hand touching shoulder of the Virgin. Behind him, two men, wearing hats, stand, one with right hand raised.
Pitcher on plate in foreground.
Scene in landscape with hills and buildings of city in distance.
Margins decorated with floreate border inhabited by bird and by hybrid man, wearing hooded headgear, with body of bird with second face in breast, with joined hands raised.

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