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Book of Hours
France, Tours, ca. 1490-1500
MS M.1054 fol. 52r

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated, raising right hand, holding on her left hand, nude Christ Child, crossed nimbus. Kneeling before them is eldest Magus, opening box held with both hands. Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, with joined hands stands next to Mary. In background are two other Magi, both holding covered vessels surmounted by crosses; one Magus wears hat with crown.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including daisy and inhabited by blue hybrid man and fantastic animal.

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