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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1460
MS M.282 fol. 64v

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Magi: Adoration -- Two magi, including one lifting his hat and the other crowned, both holding vessels, stand beside third kneeling magus, with his crown on the ground, holding in both hands open vessel into which nude infant Christ Child, nimbed, places His hands. The Christ Child sits on the lap of the Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, seated on cloth before shed. Rays emanate from top of arch. Scene in landscape with distant hills and cities.
Margins with floreate and scroll ornament, inhabited in left margin by two dragons, wrestling (?) with intertwined necks; and in lower margin by fantastic man with bird head, holding whirligig and balanced atop bird.

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