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Book of Hours
France, possibly Brittany, ca. 1430
MS M.1040 fol. 22v

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Pentecost -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands, sits with open book on lap, looking up toward dove of Holy Ghost descending. Behind her and to the right are twelve apostles, nimbed, some only nimbi visible, one orant, one kneeling with joined hands extended, eight looking up toward the dove. Rays descend from the dove to all below.
Scene in illusionistic building with vaulted apse, and low wall in foreground.
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament and rinceaux.

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