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Book of Hours
Tours, France, ca. 1465-1468 ; Bourges, France, ca. 1470
MS M.834 fol. 76v

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Virgin Mary: Coronation -- Virgin Mary kneels before Christ, rayed cross as nimbus, seated on carved double throne, right hand placing crown on head of the Virgin, left hand holding globe. Group of angels stands beside the throne.
Back seat of the throne contains three scenes depicted in relief:
1) Virgin Mary: Presentation -- Virgin Mary stands on steps before altar with two figures to side.
2) Virgin Mary: Espousal -- Bishop joins hands of Virgin Mary and Joseph the Carpenter. Other figures stand to either side.
3) Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel and Virgin Mary within room.
At bottom of miniature, two winged putti hold up text block and scroll inscribed CHASTE VIE LOVE.
Scene in gold frame.

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