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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1440
MS M.157 fol. 119v

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Virgin Mary and Christ Child --Joseph the Carpenter, wearing headgear, holding walking stick in both hands, sits on ground behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated on cushion, holding in her lap nude Christ Child, extending left hand toward two angels, nimbed, kneeling with arms crossed.
Figures in garden with flowers, surrounded by wattle fence and trees. In distance are figure, buildings, and windmill. Rays in sky.
Margins decorated with floreate border, including strawberries, inhabited by birds and moths. In bottom margin is man, wearing hat, dancing; woman, with hands raised; man, playing pipe and tabor; and man, wearing hat, dancing.

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