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France, possibly Thérouanne, ca. 1300
MS M.60 fol. 5v

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Christ: Nativity -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, reclines with her head on her arms on draped bed, before Christ Child, cross-nimbed, swaddled, in crib on column behind which are heads of ox and ass. To right, Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, bald, sits with his right hand raised and his left hand on staff.
Scene with gold background, within decorated initial D embellished with filigree and gold balls in spandrels. Margins decorated with foliate extensions.

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