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Hamilton lectionary
Constantinople, end of 11th century
MS M.639 fol. 336v

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Christ: Presentation -- Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, holding two doves in draped hands, beside Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, presenting Christ Child, nimbed, to Simeon, hands draped, all flanking cross-inscribed altar on which is book; Prophetess Anna, nimbed, veiled, roll in left hand with right hand raised, all before canopy; title inscription.
Miniature within frame with finial cornerpieces.
Illustration for the reading of Luke 2:22-40, for February 2 (Feast of Purification of the Virgin).
In column left, rectangular headpiece decorated with geometric and floreate design; foliate cornerpieces.

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