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France, ca. 1511
MS M. 8 fol. 28v

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Christ: Circumcision -- Woman, wearing headdress, extends hands over draped altar, holding nude Christ Child, crossed nimbus. Mohel, wearing miter, stands on other side of the altar, holding knife with right hand, circumcising Christ. Virgin Mary (?), veiled, and Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, stand at the end of the altar with other figures including man wearing hat and man wearing hood. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including rose, viola, and strawberry, and inhabited by hybrid shooting bow and arrow, and by bird. Text is invitatory for Matins on 01.01, Octave of Christmas

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