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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420
MS M.1000 fol. 84r

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Magi: Adoration -- Within stable, veiled Virgin Mary, decorated nimbus, seated on canopied throne with feet resting on pillow, holds half-swaddled Christ Child, decorated crossed nimbus, seated in her lap. He raises right hand in blessing toward three Magi. The eldest magus, bearded, without crown, kneels and offers gold cup of coins to Christ Child. Behind him stand youngest and middle-aged magi, both crowned, holding gold cups with closed lids. The middle-aged magus points with left hand to eldest magi. To left of Virgin Mary and Christ Child, ox and ass peer in through window of stable.
Miniature and text framed by decorative border of foliate design.

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