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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 21v

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Holy Family -- Within room, Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated, holds Christ Child, rayed cross as nimbus, nude, on her lap. Opposite, Joseph, nimbed, seated, holds pear in both hands. His garments are bordered with pseudo-inscriptions.
Miniature and text framed by upper and lower historiated borders in which four nimbed angels play musical instruments.
In the upper border, angel plays lute as fifth angel looks on.
In lower border, second angel plays pipe and tabor; third angel, seated on ground, plays portative organ; and fourth angel, seated, plays trumpet marine.
Intial O:
Flowering plant within decorated initial O.

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