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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1500
MS M.189 fol. 47v

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Christ: Presentation -- Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, holding two doves in right hand and holy woman, nimbed, stand behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, holding nude Christ Child, three rays as nimbus, before draped altar. Simeon of Jerusalem, wearing miter, stands on other side of altar, arms extended. Above altar is canopy, inscribed SIMEON [...], with curtain.
Scene in room decorated with architectural ornament and pseudo-inscription.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including rose, and inhabited by fantastic animal emerging from pod.

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