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Decretals of Pope Gregory IX with the glossa ordinaria single leaves
Italy, Bologna, 1330-1335
MS M.716.2v

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Christ: Nativity -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneels and places right hand on swaddled Christ Child, cross-nimbed, laying in manger, all beneath roof of shed in which are ox and ass. To right is Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, seated with head on right hand. To left, angel, nimbed, emerging from behind rocks and the shed, emanating rays, addresses two shepherds, one with staff, standing beside four sheep (Shepherds: Annunciation). In upper right corner is initial F.
Within initial F is man, as half figure, with joined hands raised.

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