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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1490-1500
MS M.7 fol. 24v

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Christ: Presentation -- Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, holding basket of doves, stands beside Virgin Mary, nimbed, wearing veil, kneeling with joined hands before altar draped with cross-inscribed cloth. Behind altar stands Simeon, nimbed, wearing bishop's miter and vestments, holding nude, nimbed Christ Child, all beneath canopy. Behind Simeon stands man, wearing hat; four men, one wearing hat, stand behind Joseph. Scene in interior with marble walls and floor.
Vignette in lower margin:
Joseph the Carpenter: Dream II -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, wearing veil, holds Christ Child, nimbed. To right, angel, nimbed, points upward with left hand and with right hand touches shoulder of Joseph, nimbed, wearing hat, sleeping with head on left hand. In background is distant landscape.
Margins decorated with floreate ornament.

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