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France, ca. 1511
MS M. 8 fol. 40r

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Magi: Adoration -- Magus, extending open vessel with both hands, kneels before Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated, holding with both hands on her lap, Christ Child, crossed nimbus, body partially draped. Other two Magi, crowned, each holding covered vessel stand in background looking toward Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed (?), wearing hood, hands raised. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including daisy, campanula, holly with berries, thistle, and viola, and inhabited by bird and snail. Text is first lesson in first nocturn for Matins on Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany.

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