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France, ca. 1511
MS M. 8 fol. 26r

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Of two shepherds, one sits on ground, raising right arm; the other, wearing hood, holding staff with both hands, kneels. Both look up toward half-figure of angel holding scroll inscribed GLORIA IN EX(CELSIS) (Luke, 2:14). Sheep are in background. Scene in landscape with hills. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including dianthus, thistle, daisy and cornflower, and inhabited by hybrid man with body of porcupine (?) and bird. Text is invitatory for Matins on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas.

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