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Adoration of the Magi
Italy, possibly northern, between 1500 and 1550
MS M.928 fol. 1

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Magi: Adoration -- Two (?) angels stand in mouth of cave (?) behind, Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, holding hat with left hand. He is standing next to, Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled. She is seated on stone or tree stump, holding nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus, raising right hand in blessing and looking toward eldest Magus kneeling before Him, wearing vair lined cloak, removing cover with right hand from vessel held in left hand. Crown on turban type of headgear on ground next to him. Of the two Magi standing behind him, one wearing crown, wearing vair lined garment, raises right hand, holds covered vessel with left hand and wears sword at waist. The third Magus, wearing headgear with crown, is black, holding covered vessel with right hand, holding left hand near sword at waist. Behind him is small black servant holding garment; another man, wearing turban type of headgear holds spear (?) and wears sword at waist. Rays descend from star above. City is in background.

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