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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.130 fol. 58r

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Christ: Presentation -- Joseph the Carpenter, holding basket of doves in right hand and lighted candle in left hand, stands or kneels behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands raised before altar. Behind the altar beneath canopy stands Simeon of Jerusalem, wearing high priest's vestments, holding nude infant Christ Child in draped hands. At end of the altar stands man, wearing headdress, holding rod or candle in right hand and with left hand pointing toward statue (idol ?) falling from column.
Margins with foliate ornament in chevron pattern. Margins inhabited by bird and by fantastic animal holding staff with banner in both forepaws.

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