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Book of Hours
France, Angers or Tours, ca. 1460
MS M.199 fol. 90v

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Magi: Adoration -- Joseph the Carpenter, holding crutch with right hand stands behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated. On her lap, she holds Christ Child, cross nimbus with rays, looking toward eldest Magus, and holding object with right hand and extending left hand to open casket held by the kneeling Magus. Crown with hat is on ground next to him. Behind him stand the other two Magi, crowned, one holding covered vessel. Ass and ox eat at manger in background.
Scene beneath shed roof with hole through which stream rays from star; figures in front of wattle fence.
Margins decorated with border of floreate and foliate ornament inhabited by angel kneeling in lower margin.

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