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Book of Hours
Italy, Ferrara, ca. 1480
MS M.187 fol. 36v

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Christ: Nativity -- Nude Christ Child, nimbed, reclining amid rays on Virgin Mary's mantle on ground. He is flanked by Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with joined hands, and by Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, raising hat with right hand, holding staff with left hand, both kneeling. Behind them is cave-like opening in rock.
Scene in floreate initial D.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament inhabited by sheep (?), bird and guinea fowl.

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