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Book of Hours
France, perhaps Paris, ca. 1475
MS S.5 fol. 22r

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Virgin Mary and Christ Child -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated, holds in her lap infant Christ Child, cross-nimbed, wearing loin cloth, holding flower in each hand. Before them kneel man and woman, wearing headdress, both both joined hands raised (donors). Behind them stands John Baptist, nimbed, wearing garment of skins, gesturing to the man and woman. In background is half-timbered house on columns, and beyond low wall another house in landscape amid trees.
Decorated initial O enclosing strawberries.
Margins with monochromatic foliate ornament, inhabited by two winged fantastic animals, resembling seahorses.

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