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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol.166v

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Christ: Circumcision -- Within temple, Virgin Mary, rayed nimbus, veiled, holds nude Christ Child, nimbed, in draped hands over draped altar. Mohel circumcises Him with knife. To left, two women, one veiled and one wearing headdress, and Joseph look on. To right, behind Mohel, man holds candle.
Scene framed by border with landscape inhabited by rabbits and squirrel in forest and woman on road holding basket. In distance, beyond bridge over river, man walks towards buildings.

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