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Gradual, Sequentiary, and Sacramentary
Germany, Weingarten, ca. 1225-1250
MS M.711 fol. 116r

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Virgin Mary: Birth -- Within upper portion of decorated initial F, two midwives, seated, one wearing headdress, bathe infant Virgin Mary, decorated nimbus, wrapped in swaddling clothes, in tub, beside kettle hung from hook above fire.
Below, Anna, scalloped nimbus, wearing headdress, hands crossed, reclines on mattress beside infant Virgin Mary, decorated nimbus, wearing swaddling clothes, in crib. Beside her, midwife, wearing headdress, possibly kneeling, offers her vessel held in extended hands.

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