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Belgium, perhaps Ghent, 1420-1430
MS M.439 fol. 72r

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Innocents: Massacre -- Herod the Great, crowned, wearing ermine-trimmed robe, holding scepter in left hand, sits and with right hand points to woman, wearing berbette, holding swaddled infant. Helmeted soldier stabs the infant with sword. Another man, behind the soldier, witnesses scene. Gold scroll background. Scene in decorated initial D.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux ornament.

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