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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1418
MS M.919 fol. 143r

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Christ: Baptism -- Initial D enclosing half-figures of nude Christ, nimbed, hands crossed on abdomen, and John Baptist, nimbed, pouring water from vase raised in right hand; dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, hovering above Christ.
Right margin decorated with border of ivy rinceaux inhabited by: half-figure of man, wearing cap with chinstrap, gesturing with both hands, emerging from foliage; half-figure of man, wearing hat, emerging from foliage, right hand touching rinceaux.

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