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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1470
MS M.73 fol. 59r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt, Fall of Idols -- Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, holding reins with left hand, and crutch with right hand, walks at head of ass. Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple is seated sideways on the ass holding in her lap infant Christ Child, rays as cross nimbus. Maidservant, basket on head is behind the ass. On hill in background, idol falls from column. Buildings are in distance. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including cornflower, daisy, and dianthus, and inhabited by two birds.

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