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France, Nantes and Paris, 1402
MS M.515 fol. 50v

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Christ: Nativity -- Beneath shed, Virgin Mary, rays as nimbus, veiled, reclines on mattress with head on pillow, raising right hand and looking toward Joseph the Carpenter, sitting on chair, with right hand raised to head and with left hand holding staff. In background, nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus, reclines in wattled crib flanked by heads of ass and ox; all within wattled fence. Scene against patterned background. Borders decorated with foliate and ivy-leaf ornament.

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