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France, perhaps Paris, ca. 1475
MS S.5 fol. 84r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, carrying bundle on axe over his right shoulder, stands beside Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, seated sideways on ass and holding swaddled infant Christ Child, with crossed nimbus. In background is man, wearing hat, cutting (?) grain; and group of soldiers, astride horses, emerging from gate of distant city.
Margins with foliate ornament, inhabited by three birds.

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