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Book of Hours
Belgium, possibly Ghent, ca. 1480-1490
M.278 fol. 169r

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Christ: Pietà -- Body of Christ, crossed (?) nimbus, bleeding from wounds in head, side, hands and feet, wearing short loincloth, reclines across lap of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, raising left hand.
Scene in landscape enclosed in initial O of white foliate ornament.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament including thistle, white vine scroll, speedwell, strawberry and rose, and inhabited by moth.

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