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Book of Hours
France, Paris, early 16th century
MS M.1114 fol. 24v

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated on throne with canopy, holding nude Christ Child, nimbed. He is extending left hand toward eldest Magus, kneeling on one knee before them, holding casket with both hands. Of the other two Magi, one wears turban-like hat with crown, holding round vessel with right hand, raising left hand, looking toward the third Magus, crowned, holding vessel with left hand, indicating with right hand. Rays descend from star visible through hole in wall.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including viola, daisy, grapes and dianthus, and inhabited by lion, tongue emerging from open mouth, and snail.

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