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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 56v

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Two shepherds, including one playing bagpipes and with flute in belt, and shepherdess, holding distaff, look up toward three angels appearing amid clouds, holding scroll inscribed GLORIA IN EXELSSI (sic) DEO ET IN TERRA PAX. They are seated under tree and beside flock of sheep with goat.
Beyond flock are barns containing sheep with two shepherds.
In background is landscape with buildings.
Miniature within illusionistic frame.

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