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France, Paris, between 1230 and 1239
MS M.92 fol. 100r

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1) Thomas ³l Becket: murdered before High Altar -- With sword in his right hand, soldier in tunic strikes head of Thomas ³l Becket, wearing bishop's miter and vestments. He kneels with joined hands raised toward draped altar.
Scene within initial D decorated with dragon stem.
2) Christ: Circumcision -- With knife, Mohel, wearing pointed cap, circumcises nude Christ Child seated on lap of Virgin Mary, veiled, seated on bench.
Scene within decorated initial D.
3) Magi: Adoration -- Three magi wear crowns. Two stand with vessels; the youngest, beardless, raises his right hand high. The eldest magus kneels and extends vessel toward Christ Child, cross-nimbed, seated on lap of Virgin Mary, crowned, seated on bench.
Line endings of abstract penwork.

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