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Netherlands, perhaps Delft, 1415-1420
MS M.866 fol. 50v

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Innocents: Massacre -- Herod, crowned, seated on canopied throne, holding scepter with left hand, extends right hand toward soldier with sword in right hand stabbing bleeding infant reclining on ground. In foreground woman wearing headdress extends left hand to helmet of soldier and right hand to infant, bleeding, held in left hand of the soldier, raising sword with right hand. Another woman, wearing veil, raises stone in right hand and looks toward the soldier.
Margins decorated with rectilinear bars with vines.

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