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France, Paris, 1485-1500
MS M.195 fol. 80r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Christ Child, rays as cross nimbus, seated on lap of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, reaches with His right hand toward red object, possibly apple held in her left hand. She is seated sideways on bridled ass. They are flanked by Joseph the Carpenter at head of ass, holding reins and crutch with left hand and by maidservant holding basket on head with right hand and another basket with left hand. Idol falls from column in background.
Scene in landscape with trees and hills.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament inhabited by birds.

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