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Book of Hours
Netherlands, ca. 1485-1495
MS S.4 fol. 63v

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Christ: Nativity -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with both hands raised, kneels beside nude infant Christ Child, nimbed, emanating rays, laying on her mantle on ground. Opposite Mary kneels Joseph the Carpenter, wearing cap. Star above emanates rays toward the Christ Child. Scene in shed with ox, manger, arched opening, in which stands shepherd, holding pedum. In distance are city of Bethlehem and trees.
Margins with foliate and vinescroll ornament, inhabited by group of three kneeling angels, holding blank scroll.

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