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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1470
MS M.73 fol. 51r

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, is seated at front of open shed with dovecote on roof, and hole in thatching of roof. On her lap, Christ Child, rays as cross nimbus, wearing loincloth, is seated, extending both hands to open casket held by left hand of eldest Magus, kneeling next to crown. Two other Magi, one crowned, one holding hat with crown, holding vessels with right hands, stand in background. Star emits rays above roof of shed; buildings are in distance. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including dianthus, strawberry, and campanula, and inhabited by two birds. Barren branch with splintered end, partly frames miniature and text.

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