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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420
MS M.1000 fol. 132v

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Christ: in Gethsemane -- Within garden enclosed by wattled fence with arched entrance, Christ, decorated crossed nimbus, kneels before rock surmounted by chalice. He raises hands toward God, decorated crossed nimbus, appearing in starred arc of heaven, right hand raised in blessing and flanked by two angels. Below, next to wattled fence, three apostles sleep. River Cedron flows around garden with bridge at arched entrance.
Christ: Betrayal, Arrival in Garden -- Judas, pointing with left hand and holding lantern with right hand, steps over wattled fence, leading group of soldiers, armed with spears, into garden.
Scenes set in landscape with hill in distance surmounted by castle.
Miniature and text framed by decorative border of foliate design.

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