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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1480
MS M.493 fol. 50v

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Christ: Nativity -- Beneath rays, Virgin Mary, scalloped nimbus, wearing fillet, with joined hands raised, kneels amid mantle on ground, beside nude Christ Child, scalloped nimbus, emitting rays. To right, Joseph the Carpenter, leans on staff with right hand and with left hand holds hat. All beneath shed hanging with decorated canopy. Scene in landscape with trees in background. Borders decorated with gold scrolling foliate and floreate ornament against blue background.

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