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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, 1470-1480
MS M.312 fol. 57r

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- In foreground is shepherdess, veiled, seated on ground holding lamb in her lap, beside dog, on ground, and Shepherd, wearing hat, seated on ground, playinga bagpipe.
Behind them is flock of sheep; shepherd, seated with joined hands raised, holding staff in crook of arm; shepherdess, veiled, with right hand extended and garland of flowers in left hand; and couple embracing.
Above scene is angel, holding scroll inscribed, (G)LORIA (IN) EXSELSI(S).
Scene in landscape setting, with water, on which is boat, and building in distance. Rays appear in behind angel.
Margin decorated with floreate ornament, including daisies, thistles, roses, and strawberries, inhabited by two birds and by hybrid animal.
Strawberries in decorated initial D.

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