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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1460
MS M.282 fol. 182r

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Pentecost -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, sits before brocade cloth of honor with her left hand on her breast and holding open book in her lap. Around her kneel nimbed apostles, including Evangelist John, wearing ermine-lined mantle. Dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, emanating rays and flames, hovers above. Scene in room with tile floor, leaded glass windows and wooden ceiling.
Margins with floreate and scroll ornament, inhabited in right margin by helmeted knight, holding lance, seated astride rooster; and in lower margin by monkey, holding club and shield, seated astride fantastic bird resembling crane.

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