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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
MS M.390 fol. 185v

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Mary Magdalen, nimbed, veiled, holds in both hands patterned pottery ointment jar. Figure in landscape with hills, trees, and distant buildings.
Margins with vinescroll and scattered flowers, including strawberry and dianthus, inhabited by snail. In lower margins is armored knight, possibly merman, in water, with sword and shield, facing duck.

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