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Book of Hours
France, Tours, ca. 1490-1500
MS M.1054 fol. 45v

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Christ: Nativity -- Virgin Mary, veiled, and Joseph the Carpenter, both nimbed with joined hands are at side of wattle manger on which nude Christ Child, crossed nimbus, reclines on cloth amid rays. At right are ox and ass. Two shepherds, wearing hats, one holding pedum, look through window. Rays descend through window.
Scene in wooden building with window.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including rose and viola, and inhabited by bird.

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