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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, ca. 1500
MS M.175 fol. 46r

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated before cloth of honor, holding on her lap nude Christ Child, nimbed. Kneeling before them is eldest Magus, holding gold casket; crown is on ground next to him. Beside him are two other Magi, wearing hats with crowns, holding in right hands, covered gold vessels surmounted by crosses; one indicates with left hand the kneeling Magus. Rays descend from star
Scene at opening of stable with dormer and holes in roof, with landscape in background, all below blue sky with stars.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament, initial I and inhabited by fantastic animals.

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