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France, Angers or Tours, ca. 1460
MS M.199 fol. 77r

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Christ: Nativity -- Joseph the Carpenter, holding crutch with right hand, stands behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands, looking toward nude Christ Child, nimbed, reclining on ground. At His head, ass and ox eat from manger.
Scene under shed roof with hole through which rays stream toward Christ Child; wattle fence behind ass and ox.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament.

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