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Netherlands, perhaps Delft, 1415-1420
MS M.866 fol. 14r

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Virgin Mary and Christ Child -- Within initial D, Virgin Mary, nimbed, crowned and veiled, holds nude Christ Child, crossed nimbus, extending both arms toward her face. She is seated on crescent; both are enclosed in mandorla of rays.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament on gold; barbed quatrefoil at each corner enclosing angels wearing diadems (crowns) playing musical instruments including rebec, portative organ, harp and lute.

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