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Book of Hours
Northern France or Flanders, ca. 1460
MS M.194 fol. 141r

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Christ: Baptism -- In arc of heaven, half-figure of God, wearing triple-crowned tiara, raising right hand in blessing and holding globe in left hand, appears above nimbed dove of Holy Ghost, enclosed in medallion. Below, nimbed angel extends garment toward Christ, cross-nimbed, nude, in River Jordan. He raises His right hand in blessing, places left hand over groin, and is baptized by John Baptist, nimbed, pouring water from vessel of affusion above His head.
Margins decorated with border of floral and foliate ornament, inhabited by half-figure of man, wearing hat and by camel.

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