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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1500
MS M.189 fol. 37v

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Christ: Nativity -- Nude Christ Child reclines amid rays on cloth. At His feet, Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneels with joined hands extended; Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, is behind her. Ass and ox are at left. Rays descend through hole in roof, toward Christ Child.
Scene in building with stone walls, lacking section of roof.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament inhabited by bird.

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