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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1485-1500
MS M.195 fol. 75v

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Christ: Presentation -- Beneath canopy inscribed with sun, Simeon, nimbed and wearing papal tiara with infulae stands holding, with draped hands, nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus. He reaches with both arms toward Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, hands draped, kneeling. Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, stands behind Simeon, and Prophetess Anna, wearing headdress, holding basket containing doves with both hands, stands behind Virgin Mary.
In background, draped altar and carved retable with statues on top. Scene in church with wood ceiling, and windows.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament inhabited by birds.

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