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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.253 fol. 61v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, holding scroll in left hand inscribed AUE GRACIA PLENA, kneels before Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling at draped prie-dieu with open book beneath canopy, turning to look toward Gabriel. Dove of Holy Ghost descends on rays through leaded-glass window to Mary. Scene in room, possibly church, with arched windows, cloth hangings, and tile floor.
Margins with floreate ornament. In lower margin is escutcheon with arms of Anjou (Azure semy of fleur de lis or, a label gules), surmounted by a crown.

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