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France, Rouen, ca. 1460-1470
MS M.1160. Fol. 051r

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Christ: Nativity -- Beneath rays, Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands raised, kneels before Christ Child, nimbed, nude, emitting rays, lying supine on portion of Virgin's mantle spread on ground, beside Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, kneeling with hands clasped on staff, all before two kneeling angels, with joined hands raised, and ox and ass behind wattle fence. All under shed with hole in roof and hanging canopy.
Buildings, trees and hills in background.
Right margin:
Within medallion, row of five angels holding inscribed scroll with musical notation and text, GLORIA IN (E)XCELSIS.

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