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France, Rouen or Orléans, last quarter of 15th century
MS G.4 fol. 65r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt, Miracle of Cornfield -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, is seated sideways on bridled ass, holding with both hands, swaddled Christ Child, rays as cross nimbus. Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, stands at head of the ass.
In background, man, lifting hat with right hand, holding sickle with right hand, stands next to field of grain; behind him is group of soldiers, some holding spears, one holding bannered spear.
Initial D enclosing bird.
Red, gold and blue diamonds in margin decorated with floreate ornament and inhabited by two fantastic animals.

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