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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 61v

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Magi: Adoration -- Eldest magus, crown on ground beside him, kneels and extends box with coins to Christ Child, rayed cross as nimbus, partially nude, standing on lap of Virgin Mary, nimbed, supporting Him with both hands. Youngest magus, black, wearing turban, standing, and middle-aged magus, crowned, kneeling on one knee, hold vessels.
Beyond, ox and ass eat hay from waddled manger within stable.
In background is landscape.
Miniature within illusionistic frame.

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