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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.253 fol. 26r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with hands crossed on her breast, kneels beneath canopy before draped prie-dieu with open book with pseudo-inscription. Before her kneels Archangel Gabriel, holding scroll inscribed AUE MARIA GRACIA in left hand and with right hand indicating dove of Holy Ghost, descending on rays through window to Virgin Mary. Lilies in vase on tile floor in front of the prie-dieu. Architectural frame.
Margins with floreate ornament. In lower margin is escutcheon with arms of Bourbon (azure three fleur-de-lis or, a bend gules), surmounted by a crown.

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