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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420
MS M.1000 fol. 72v

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Christ: Nativity -- Within stable with damaged, thatched roof, Christ Child, decorated crossed nimbus, nude, lies in manger. Veiled Virgin Mary, decorated nimbus, and Joseph the Carpenter kneel with hands clasped before Christ Child. Opened, inscribed book is on edge of manger between Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. Two winged angels, ox, and ass look on from behind walls of stable. Rays of light, emanating from under arch of frame, fall on figures below. Beyond stable is landscape with hills and trees.
Miniature and text framed by decorative border of foliate design.

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