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Belgium, perhaps Bruges, ca. 1420
MS M.76 fol. 185v

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Pentecost -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, right hand on breast, holding book on lap with left hand is seated amid 12 apostles, some only nimbi visible, including Peter, holding book with right hand and key with left hand, and Evangelist John, raising right hand, holding with left hand, chalice in which are two (?) serpents. Two other apostles hold books. Above them is dove of Holy Ghost emerging from cloud amid rays. Miniature has background of gold scroll work.

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