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Book of Hours
England, ca. 1440-1450
MS G.9 fol. 11v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, indicating with right hand scroll held in left hand, inscribed AVE GRATIA PLENA DOMINUS TECUM, kneels on one knee and looks toward Virgin Mary, nimbed, hands crossed on breast, kneeling at draped prie-dieu, on which is open book with pseudo-inscription. Dove of Holy Ghost hovers next to her nimbus. Head of God, nimbed, is above left. Scene in church, other buildings in background.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament, inhabited by addorsed cat and dog with flower between them, in lower margin.

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