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France, Rouen, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.105 fol. 19v

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Christ: Nativity -- Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, wearing hat, holding bundle of wood in right hand and board with burning coals (?) in left hand, and veiled woman, nimbed, with hands raised, possibly midwife, stand behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, kneeling with joined hands raised beside manger in which lies partially-draped Christ Child, nimbed. Ox and ass stand behind manger. Scene in shed with dormer window and hole in roof
Margins with foliate and ivy-rinceaux ornament. Baguettes with foliate ornament in side and lower margins.

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