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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1425-1430
MS M.453 fol. 24r

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Virgin Mary: Life in Temple -- Virgin Mary, decorated nimbus, is seated on draped chair at loom, holding shuttle in right hand. She looks down toward woman, veiled, seated on floor, holding ball of yarn in right hand, and touching yarn winder with left hand. Next to wall at right is table on which is covered jar. Scene in room with windows with shutters, and leaded glass window.
Margins, within circle of foliage (from top to bottom):
1) Virgin Mary: Life in Temple, fed by Angel -- Angel holding two loaves with draped hands.
2) Virgin Mary: Life in Temple, fed by Angel -- Angel, kneeling on one knee looking up toward Virgin Mary, holding covered pitcher in each hand.
3) Virgin Mary: Life in Temple, fed by Angel -- Back view of angel (?), holding covered jar in left hand and plate (?) on which is food in right hand, looking up toward Virgin Mary.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament including roses and pinks.

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