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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1460
M.387 fol. 75v

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Christ, crossed nimbus, stands looking toward John Baptist, nimbed, wearing rough garment under ermine lined cloak, holding book with left hand, extending right hand toward scroll inscribed ECCE ANGNUS DEI (John 1:29). Lamb stands between Christ and John.
Figures in landscape with trees, buildings in distance.
Margins decorated with floreate border inhabited by bird. Three scrolls inscribed VOX CLAMATIS IN DESERTO PARATE UIAM DOMINI RECTAS FACITE SEMITAS EIUS (Matthew 3:3); INTER NATOS MULIERUM NON SURREXIT MAIOR (Matthew 11:11, variant); FUIT HOMO MISSUS A DEO CUI NOMEN ERAT IOHANNES (John 1:6).

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