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France, Paris, 1375-1400
MS M.229 fol. 62v

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Innocents: Massacre -- Herod the Great, crowned, seated on bench, holding upturned sword with left hand, indicates with right hand mother reclining on ground, holding infant, its right leg grasped by left hand of executioner raising sword with right hand. Standing before Herod is another executioner, wearing chainmail and gloves, holding, with right hand, spear with head of infant impaled on it, and resting left hand on hilt of sword in sheath at waist.
Margins decorated with foliate ornament on rectilinear bars.

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