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France, Rouen, ca. 1500-1510
MS M.170 fol. 39r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, carrying draped crutch over right shoulder, holding rein of ass with left hand, walks at head of ass on which Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, wimpled, is seated sideways, cradling swaddled Christ Child, nimbed. Two angels, with joined hands, are next to ass.
Scene in landscape with rock strewn road, trees, hills, and city in background.
Foliate initial D with floreate ornament. Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament and inhabited by fly, bird, and two confronted fantastic animals.

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