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France, perhaps Paris, between 1500 and 1510
MS M.89 fol. 15r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with hands crossed on her breast, stands or kneels at draped prie-dieu (?), upon which is open book with pseudo-inscription. Before her is archangel Gabriel, nimbed, kneeling on one knee, holding scepter in right hand and with left hand indicating dove of Holy Ghost, with rays as nimbus, descending on rays toward the Virgin. Scene in interior.
Floreate margins inhabited by three fantastic animals, including two playing musical instruments (harp and horn), flanking erased shield (probably Azure fretty or, as on fol. 81r).

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