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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1485-1490
MS M.231 fol. 69v

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Christ: Nativity -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands, kneels looking down toward nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus, reclining on cloth amid rays. Joseph the Carpenter kneels next to her with joined hands; donkey, with horseshoe on hoof, sits facing him. Ox sits in background.
Scene under edge of shed roof with part of thatch missing. Shed open to landscape with city in distance.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament, including daisy and viola.

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