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England, possibly York, 1316-1331
MS G.50 fol. 79v

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Christ: Entombment -- Joseph of Arimathea, wearing cap, holds jar upside down, anointing partly shrouded body of cross-nimbed Christ. He is lowered into the sarcophagus by Nicodemus, wearing cap, and man. Behind them are three veiled Holy Women, including Virgin Mary; one holds ointment jar. To right, Mary Magdalen (?) clasps her hands. In front of the sarcophagus is seated male figure, possibly Evangelist John, with his head draped and his joined hands raised.
Scene with blue with white fleurs-de-lis and gold diapered background, within decorated frame with foliate terminals at corners.

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