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Book of Hours
France, Rouen or Orléans, last quarter of 15th century
MS G.4 fol. 39v

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Virgin Mary: Visitation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, extending left hand toward Elizabeth, nimbed and veiled with wimple, with joined hands raised, kneeling on one knee.
Scene in landscape with trees, house in background with beginning of crenellated wall.
Initial D enclosing head of animal, possibly dog, mouth open.
Margins decorated checkerboard pattern of brown and gold enclosing floreate ornament including rose and strawberry, and inhabited by bird, fantastic animal, butterfly and monkey astride lion, holding with left paw cord around neck of lion (Scene, Burlesque: Riding).

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