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France, perhaps Metz, 1370-1380
MS M.88 fol. 173r

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Christ: Baptism -- Christ, crossed nimbus, nude, stands in river Jordan with right hand raised in blessing while John Baptist, nimbed, holds Christ's garment in left hand and baptizes Him with vessel of affusion in right hand. Dove of Holy Ghost flies down from red arc of heaven carrying scroll reading ECCE FILIUS MEUS from Matthew 3:17.
Scene against red background decorated in gold within foliate initial C.
Upper margin:
Hybrid dragon as part of foliate extension.
Right margin
Lower margin (bas-de-page):
Along foliate bar, hybrid woman points bellows at ape wearing hat and exposing hindquarters; wild man wearing pot as hat exposes hindquarters to archer loading crossbow.

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