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Book of Hours
Belgium, perhaps Bruges, ca. 1440
MS M.19 fol. 62v

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Innocents: Massacre -- Helmeted soldier raises in right hand bloody scimitar above nude infant held by woman, wearing headdress, kneeling, with her left hand holding right arm of the soldier. Scene is witnessed by King Herod, crowned, wearing ermine cape and purse at waist, with right hand on chin and scimitar in left hand, seated on draped throne. Background decorated with gold scroll design.
Margins decorated with ivy-rinceaux foliate decoration.

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