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Hamilton lectionary
Constantinople, end of 11th century
MS M.639 fol. 323r

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Christ: Nativity -- Eight figures, one with head draped, and nimbed angel before Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, reclining on mattress; above, seven nimbed angels, one with hands extended toward two shepherds, one with staff, both tending sheep; title inscription, scene in landscape with gold background.
Below in right column, decorated initial Tau.
Illustration for the reading Matthew 2:1-12, for December 25 (Christmas).

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