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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.253 fol. 108v

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Christ: Entombment -- Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, both wearing hats, lower into tomb body of Christ, with crossed nimbus, wearing crown of thorns and short loin cloth, bleeding from wounds, on shroud. Around the tomb stand Evangelist John, nimbed; Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, holding left arm of Christ; Mary Magdalen (?), nimbed, with her hands on left leg of Christ; and two Holy Women, nimbed, one veiled. In background is cross with titulus inscribed INRI, flanked by sun and moon.
Margins with floreate ornament. In lower margin is escutcheon with arms of Flanders (or a lion rampant sable langued and armed gules), surmounted by a crown.

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