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France, ca. 1511
MS M. 8 fol. 319v

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Christ: Presentation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, with joined hands raised, stands before draped altar. Simeon, nimbed, wearing miter with infula and cope, is on opposite side of the altar, holding over the altar, with draped hands, nude Christ Child crossed nimbus, extending hands, and looking toward Mary. Female attendant and Joseph the Carpenter, both nimbed, are behind Mary. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including bladder cherry, strawberry and campanula, and inhabited by bird and by hybrid bird with animal body. Text is chapter in 1st Vespers for 02.02, feast of Purification of Mary.

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