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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 122v

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Virgin Mary and Christ Child -- Virgin Mary, crowned, veiled, sits on architectural bench, supporting Christ Child, cross-nimbed, seated with right hand raised in blessing.
Figures surrounded by multifoil cusps, against gold diapered background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with filigree ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In lower margin, heraldic escutcheon (gules a cross argent), flanked by two hybrid men, one hooded, with protruding tongue.

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