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Manuscript single leaf with miniature
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1510
MS G.46r

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Within architectural setting divided into four arcaded panels:
1) Anna, wearing veil and wimple, half-figure, raises joined hands to breast. At her abdomen is infant Virgin Mary, nude, appearing amid rays of light. Identified by inscription S(ANCTA) ANA, written in margin above.
2) Maria Cleophas, veiled, holds open book in book in right hand and jar in left hand. Identified by inscription S(ANCTA) MARIA IACOBE, written in margin above.
3) Maria Salome, wearing headress, glancing to right, holds jar in right hand and places left hand on abdomen. Identified by inscription S(ANCTA) MARIA SALOME, written in margin below.
4)Empress Helena, crowned, holds tau-cross in right hand over shoulder and scroll in left hand. Identified by inscription S(ANCTA) ELENA, written in margin below.
In architectural setting behind Maria Salome and Empress Helena, three sculptured reliefs surmount columns, depicting the Expulsion, Adoration of the Magi(?), and the Deposition.
Panels are enclosed in garden setting. Two trellises with climbing roses, inhabited by butterflies, frame sides. Butterfly and bird fly in upper border. In lower border, in foreground, brick bench is surmounted by lawn on which are estrade tree in basket, with two levels of foliage framing upper and lower panels. Rabbits inhabit lawn. To right, dog, with collar, enters garden.

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