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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1470
MS M.28 fol. 88v

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Pentecost -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with left hand on breast, kneels at prie-dieu with her right hand on open book with pseudo-inscription. Around her kneel eleven nimbed apostles, two with joined hands raised, one with both hands on breast, and one with right hand on breast and left hand extended to side. Above hovers dove of Holy Ghost, with rays as nimbus, emitting rays of fire toward them. Scene in room with arched windows, wooden barrel vault, and tiled floor.
Amid foliate ornament in margins are bird, with wings extended and left foot raised; bird with moth wings; goldfinch, with wings extended; and hybrid man, with pointed ears, wearing capelet, seated and playing shawm.

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