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Book of Hours
France, Poitiers, ca. 1415
MS M.743 fol. 58v

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Christ: Nativity -- Nude infant Christ Child, nimbed, lays on bed with head of cushion. Before him kneels Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with her arms crossed on her breast. Beside the bed sits Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed. Scene in thatched-roofed shed, with ox and ass at trough in background.
Margins with ivy rinceaux and floreate ornament, with bands of foliate motifs.

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