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Book of Hours
France, Bourges, ca. 1480
MS M.330 fol. 49r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Maidservant stands behind ass on which sits Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, holding with both hands, Christ Child, rays as cross nimbus, looking back at the woman. Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, back-turned, walks at head of the ass. Scene in landscape with hills, building on top of hill with figures approaching on road. Text at bottom of miniature begins Hours of the Virgin, Vespers.

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