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France, Tours, ca. 1490-1500
MS M.1054 fol. 81v

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Christ: bearing Cross -- Christ, nimbed, wearing crown of thorns, holds with both hands, tau cross on left shoulder. Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with hands clasped and Evangelist John (?), nimbed, walk behind Him. Two other nimbi are behind them. In background and to right of cross are soldiers, one carrying nails, most only helmets and spears visible. Buildings are in distance.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including viola, and inhabited by two birds.

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