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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1495-1499
MS M.1110 fol. 159r

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Pentecost -- Virgin Mary, veiled, with joined hands, is seated with open book on her lap. She is flanked by 18 (?) apostles, some only tops of heads visible, two with joined hands raised, two orant, all visible faces looking up. Dove of Holy Ghost hovers amid rays of gold and tongues of flame descending toward Mary and apostles.
Interior scene with two columns flanking Virgin Mary, and with three windows.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including, strawberry and viola, and inhabited by bird and fantastic animal.

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