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Book of hours
France, Rouen, ca. 1460-1470
MS M.1160. Fol. 057r

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Beneath bust of angel emerging from rayed arc of heaven, holding scroll inscribed PUER NATUS EST N(OBIS), four shepherds hold staves, three wear hats and three wear purses at waist, one raises left hand to shield eyes, one partly kneels on ground, and one clasps hands over his staff. All accompanied by shepherdess, wearing headdress and apron, holding distaff and string of yarn in both hands, flock of twelve sheep.
All on path in hilly landscape with trees and city in background.
Decorated initial D of Deus at Terce of Hours for the Virgin.
Margins decorated with floreate and foliate ornament, including roses and strawberries.

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