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Book of Hours
Tours, France, ca. 1465-1468 ; Bourges, France, ca. 1470
MS M.834 fol. 60r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Joseph the Carpenter, hooded, resting staff with sack over left shoulder, leads bridled ass carrying Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, holding Christ Child, rayed cross as nimbus, in swaddling clothes.
Figures in landscape setting with broken idol standing on top of hill and mounted soldiers of Herod the Great riding by cornfield near castle in background.
At bottom of miniature, two winged putti hold up text block and scroll inscribed CHASTE VIE LOVE RL.
Scene within gold frame.

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