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France, Provence, ca. 1440-1450
MS M.358 fol. 25r

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Virgin Mary and Christ Child: Type, Humility -- Christ Child, cross-nimbed, wearing loincloth, sits on lap of Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated on cushion, inside garden with two trees and flowers, enclosed by hedges.
Scene in landscape setting with mountains and castle in background, all against diapered background within arched, decorated frame.
In upper margin, man plays pipe and tabor. Second man dances.
In right margin, woman, possibly dancing, holds white veil with both hands.
In lower margin (bas-de-page), two men, in similar costume, dance.
Marginal figures set within foliate border with flowers and acanthus leaves.

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