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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 13r

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1) and 2) Christ: Flight into Egypt, Fall of Idols -- 1) Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, seated sideways on bridled ass, holds Christ Child, cross-nimbed, with right hand touching her veil, holding fruit in left hand, and standing on her lap.
2) Joseph the Carpenter, wearing pointed cap, looks back, with right hand carrying staff draped with garment and vessels over shoulder, and reins in left hand, beside two idols, one broken, falling from pedestal.
3) Christ: among Doctors -- Inside domical temple, Christ Child, cross-nimbed, on stand, places right forefinger on palm of extended left hand, before three doctors, wearing pointed hats, two gesturing, all outside the building.
4) Christ: Miracle of Cana -- Beneath curtains, Christ, cross-nimbed, raises right hand and extends left hand to vessel on draped table. He is flanked by two men, one holding pitcher and the other raising food to mouth, and by couple, the veiled bride raising right forefinger and the spouse with knife cutting bread loaf on the table. In foreground, male servant, kneeling, pours from jug into vessel.
Scenes 1 and 4 with gold diapered and punched backgrounds, and scenes 2 and 3 with blue backgrounds, within decorated frames.

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