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France, Provence, ca. 1460
MS M.29 fol. 177r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, kneels on one knee holding scroll (tarnished silver ?)in left hand and pointing with right hand toward Virgin Mary, nimbed, with arms crossed on breast, kneeling at prie-dieu with open book with pseudo-inscription. Dove of Holy Ghost descends on rays through window. Behind Virgin Mary is cloth of honor, and in front of prie-dieu is vase with silver lily (tarnished). Scene in church interior with lancet windows with tracery and groin-vaulted ceilings.
Margins with foliate ornament. In right margin is peacock with tail fanned and nude woman climbing foliage. In lower margin is unidentified escutcheon of arms (argent a rosette sable between S and P).

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