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France, Tours, ca. 1470
MS M.366. Fol. 055v

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Half-figure of angel, indicating upward with right hand, is in medallion above three shepherds, seated on ground. One plays bagpipe, another holds pedum in crook of left arm and raises right rand, and third, back-turned, raises left hand. Beside them are two women, holding distaffs and spindles. They are surrounded by dog and flock of sheep. In background is landscape and buildings across water.
Margins are decorated with floreate border, inhabited by bear and fantastic animal.

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