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France, probably Cambrai, 1490-1500
MS M.1053 fol. 86v

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Innocents: Massacre -- Soldier, wearing armor and helmet, holding sword in right hand, is pushed away by woman, wearing headdress, kneeling on ground, holding swaddled infant in left arm. Behind them, another soldier, wearing mail and helmet, with sword at waist, holds another sword in left hand over his shoulder. Impaled on the sword is nude bleeding infant. In background are buildings, trees, and group of soldiers with spears.
Margins with butterfly and scattered naturalistic flowers, including strawberry.

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