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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.130 fol. 27r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, holding scepter in right hand, with arms crossed on his breast, kneels before Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands raised beneath canopy beside draped prie-dieu with open book with pseudo-inscription. Dove of Holy Ghost descends on rays to Virgin Mary.
Margins with foliate ornament in diagonal bands, inhabited by bee, bird, and monkey seated astride fantastic animal.

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