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France, Paris, ca. 1420
MS M.1000 fol. 150r

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Christ: Baptism -- Angel, holding garments, stands next to River Jordan. Christ, rays as nimbus, nude, stands in river and raises right hand in blessing, left hand over groin. Evangelist John, rays as nimbus, kneeling. pours water from jug over head of Christ. Lamb, on hind legs, places front hooves on Evangelist John. Scene set in landscape with castle. In distance, Three ships float down river. Sun appears above, emanating rays of light.
Miniature and text framed by decorative border of foliate design.

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