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Netherlands, perhaps Delft, 1415-1420
MS M.866 fol. 74r

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Christ: Deposition -- Joseph of Arimathea, wearing soft hat, embraces with both arms, body of Christ, crossed nimbus, with crown of thorns, wearing loincloth, His right arm over left shoulder of Joseph, His left arm still nailed to cross. Nicodemus, holding pliers, removes nail from His feet. Another man, wearing soft pointed hat touches left leg of Christ with his left hand. Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, and Evangelist John flank the men and look toward Christ. Man stands in background holding shield (?).
Margins decorated with rectilinear bars with vines.

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