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France, Rouen, 1495-1503
MS M.261 fol. 49v

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Magi: Adoration -- Eldest magus, crown on ground, kneels on one knee and extends vessel filled with coins toward Christ Child, nimbed, nude, seated in lap of Virgin Mary, nimbed, supporting Him with both hands. Youngest magus, holding crown in right hand and vessel in left hand, and middle-aged magus, crowned, holding vessel in right hand, stand behind eldest magus. Joseph the Carpenter stands behind Virgin Mary and within stable decorated with patterned hanging. Above, star shines on stable.
In background is landscape with buildings.
Scene framed by illusionistic architectural border decorated with two statues of male figures.

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