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Belgium, Bruges, 1525-1530
MS M.1175. Fol. 056v

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Miniature, half-page:
1) Christ: Nativity -- Joseph the Carpenter, hands clasped, and Virgin Mary, nimbus as rays, with both hands raised, both kneeling and flanking Christ Child, nude, emitting rays, and busts of recumbent ass and ox.
Scene surrounded by five nimbed angels, three hovering above and two kneeling with joined hands raised on tiled floor and before partially destroyed shed.
Silhouettes of figures including man, wearing hood, with right hand holding spear, looking through the ruins to the scene, and two others before buildings in distance.

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