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Belgium, Bruges, between 1500 and 1526
M.363 fol. 69v

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Christ: Nativity -- Mary, rays as nimbus, kneels with hands raised before nude Christ Child, rayed, reclining on ground. At right is Joseph the carpenter, kneeling on one knee, with joined hands raised. In background is ass and ox, seated on ground. Rays descend from roof of shed. Birds are in sky in background.
In illusionistic border are oak branches with acorns, inhabited by chaffinches, flies, and snail.

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