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France, ca. 1511
MS M. 8 fol. 308r

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Joachim and Anna: at Golden Gate -- Joachim, wearing hat, purse at waist, and Anna, veiled with wimple, both nimbed, embrace and kiss before portal flanked by two towers. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including daisy, bladder cherry, and grapes, and inhabited by monkey aiming arrow in bow (Scene, Burlesque: Archery) and hybrid animal with fish tail holding psaltery (Scene, Burlesque: playing Musical Instrument). Text is invitatory for Matins on 12.08, feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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