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France, Paris, early 16th century
MS M.1114 fol. 11r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, holding fleur-de-lis scepter with right hand, raising left hand kneeling on one knee, looks toward Virgin Mary, nimbed. Below canopy with pseudo-inscription, she kneels with joined hands, at draped prie-dieu on which is open book. Dove of Holy Ghost descends toward her on rays from upper left.
Interior scene with decorated wall, and windows.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including grapes, daisy, and viola, and inhabited by monkey and bird.

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