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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 173r

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Christ: Baptism -- John Baptist, nimbed, wearing animal skin under mantle, pours water from vessel of affusion above head of Christ, rayed cross as nimbus, joined hands raised, wearing loincloth, standing in river Jordan. Dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, appears amid rays of light above His head. To left, angel, nimbed, holds His garments.
Below miniature, historiated border frames text.
John Baptist: preaching -- John Baptist, nimbed, wearing animal skin, standing behind branch horizontally attached to two trees, preaches to group of men and women, seated or kneeling on ground.

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