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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1500
MS H.5 fol. 17v

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Christ: Bewailing -- Body of dead Christ, nimbed, wearing loincloth, bleeding from wounds, rests on cloth on ground, beside crown of thorns on ground, and in front of Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, kneeling with hands crossed.
Christ is flanked by Evangelist John, nimbed, kneeling, supporting Christ's back, and by Mary Magdalene, nimbed, kneeling, kissing Christ's left foot and touching it with her left hand, beside ointment jar.
They are surrounded by four figures, including holy woman, nimbed, kneeling, with joined hands raised; male figure, wearing hat, standing with right hand raised; another male figure, wearing hat, standing with right hand raised and left hand lowered; and holy woman, nimbed and veiled, holding a vessel in her left hand and holding her draped right hand to her face.
Behind are two ladders leaning against tau-cross with titulus inscribed INRI partially visible
Scene in landscape, with architectural frame with statues of male figures attached to columns. Face or mask between garlands in upper margin.
Bear within decorated initial O.

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