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Gospel Book
Austria, Salzburg, second quarter 11th century
MS M.781 fol. 133r

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Christ: Nativity -- Half figures of four nimbed angels descend from clouds; ass appears behind Christ Child, cross-nimbed, in swaddling bands, in crib; ox reclines between Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, supporting left arm to face, seated on bench to left, and Virgin Mary, pearled nimbus, veiled, with left hand extended, seated on bench to right.
Scene in architectural setting with towers.
Illustration of Gospel of Luke 2:6,7.

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