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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1430
MS M.64 fol. 124r

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Virgin Mary and Christ Child -- Virgin Mary, with decorated nimbus, wearing veil, is seated on bench, holding apple (?) with right hand and, with left hand, supports Christ Child, cross-nimbed, extending right hand toward apple. Figures in canopied architectural frame, with cross surmounted domes.
Lower margin, in circle of foliage:
Virgin Mary and Joseph: Scene, unidentified -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, holds spindle in right hand and distaff in left hand. At right Joseph, wearing hat, stands beside table holding wood with left hand and saw (?) with right hand.
Right margin, in circle of foliage, bottom to top:
1) Christ: Scene -- Five figures look toward Christ Child, nimbed, right hand raised, hovering above ground amid rays.
2) Christ: Scene -- Of three figures, one wears hat, another indicates with left hand, Christ Child, nimbed, arms raised, hovering amid rays above two bodies, nude, reclining on ground.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament.

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