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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, early 16th century
MS M.431 fol. 58r

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Christ: Presentation -- Beneath canopy, Simeon, nimbed, stands behind altar draped with cloth inscribed with three cross each with two cross-bars. He is holding nude Christ Child, nimbed, above the altar with draped hands. On other side of the altar, Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneels with arms extended toward altar. Behind her stand Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, holding hat with both hands at breast, holy woman, nimbed and veiled with wimple, four other figures (only tops of heads visible), and prophetess Anna, wearing headdress, holding candle with right hand and basket with left hand.
Scene in landscape with buildings on hills in distance.
Margins decorated with floreate ornament including thistle.

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