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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1470
MS M.28 fol. 19r

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Christ: bearing Cross, and Simon of Cyrene: bearing Cross -- Nimbed man and woman, probably Virgin Mary and Evangelist John, follow along rock-strewn road Christ, with decorated nimbus, wearing crown of thorns, carrying cross with the assistance of Simon of Cyrene, wearing hat. Hooded man pulls Christ toward right with rope around His waist. In background is city of Jerusalem, behind moat or river with boats.
Amid foliate ornament in margins are six nimbed angels, including three kneeling with joined hands raised, two with arms around knees, and one with arms crossed on breast; and two birds.

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