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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.130 fol. 46r

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Christ: Nativity -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneels with joined hands before nude Christ Child, emanating rays, laying on Mary's mantle on ground. Beside Mary kneel two angels with joined hands raised, and opposite are Joseph the Carpenter, holding hat in right hand, possibly kneeling, and ox and ass. In background is shed with hole in thatched roof.
Margins with foliate ornament, with hearts enclosing flowers. Margins inhabited by bird and winged fantastic animal.

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