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France, Rouen or Orléans, last quarter of 15th century
MS G.4 fol. 54r

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- One of two shepherds, wearing hat, holding pedum with left hand is seated on ground, leaning back on right arm, looking up. The second indicates upward with right hand, holding pedum with left hand. Shepherdess, wearing hat, holding distaff with left hand, looks up. In sky above them, two angels hold scroll inscribed with musical notation and GLORIA I(N) EX(C)ELSIS. Four sheep are in background; city, partly reflected in water is in distance.
Initial D enclosing head of dog, mouth open, tongue emerging.
Triangles of red, blue and gold in margins decorated with floreate ornament inhabited by birds, including dove, and fantastic animal.

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