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Book of Hours
Belgium, ca. 1490
MS S.7 fol. 262r

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Christ: Pietà -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with joined hands raised, sits with body of Christ, with rays as nimbus, wearing short loin cloth, laying across her lap. In background is distant city.
In margins:
Scene, Secular: outdoor Gathering -- Woman, veiled, stands behind man, wearing plumed hat, standing beside fountain. Veiled woman stands opposite him on other side of the fountain, beside man, wearing plumed hat, pouring water from pitcher onto ground. Behind him stands fool, wearing hooded garment, holding human-headed bauble in both hands. Building in background. Blank scroll at top of margin.

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