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France, Paris, 1430-1435
MS M.359 fol. 27v

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Virgin Mary: Espousal -- Joseph the Carpenter, wearing purse at waist, holding rod surmounted by dove in left hand, holds in his right hand the right hand of Virgin Mary, nimbed, crowned, with purse hanging from her girdle. High Priest, wearing vestments and pointed hat, stands between them. Behind the Virgin stand Joachim (?) and Anna (?), wearing wimpled veil. Doorway, wooden barrel vault, and cloth hangings in background. Scene in half-circular vignette in left margin.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux, foliate, and vinescroll ornament.

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