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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1480
MS M.136 fol. 78v

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, sits and holds with draped hands nude Christ Child, nimbed, with hands extended to chalice-like vessel held in both hands of kneeling magus. Behind the magus stand other two magi, both wearing hats and holding vessels, one cross-surmounted. Above is star, emanating rays. Scene before thatched-roofed shed, with distant landscape with city and rays emanating from top of arch of miniature.
Margins with foliate and vinescroll ornament, inhabited by hybrid man, wearing helmet covering his eyes, with hands raised; and camel, wearing bridle, with vinescroll encirling its neck.

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