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Italy, possibly the Veneto, ca. 1425-1450
MS M.1089 fol. 47v

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, is seated on cushions, holding on her lap Christ Child, crossed nimbus, raising right hand, holding covered vessel with left hand. Magus, with joined hands kneels before them. The other two Magi, crowned, one holding covered vessel, stand at right. Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, wearing hat, is seated, holding crutch, behind Virgin Mary. In background is wattle shed with thatch roof enclosing ox and ass; four (?) figures, two wearing hats; two (?) camels, next to which are two men, wearing hats.
Scene in landscape with rocky outcrop, hills, trees, building and body of water with ships.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament.

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