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France, Rouen, 1470-1480
MS M.312 fol. 52r

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Christ: Nativity -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands raised, kneels before nude Christ Child, nimbed, emitting rays, on ground, with right hand raised. At right is Joseph the Carpenter, kneeling, holding candle in right hand and walking stick in left hand.
Behind them is woman, nimbed, and two angels, all kneeling with joined hands raised, and ox and ass.
Scene takes place in front of shed, with open portal and decorated with curtain. In back ground is wattle fence and landscape setting.
Rays appear in sky above scene.
Margin decorated with floreate ornament, including daisies, thistles, and strawberries, inhabited by two birds and by hybrid man, wearing hat, winged.

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