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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1500
MS H.5 fol. 14r

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Upper miniature:
Virgin Mary and Christ Child -- Mary, nimbed, sits on throne decorated with statues, beneath canopy. With her left hand she extends fruit (?) toward nude Christ Child, rays as nimbus, seated in her lap, his right hand raised, his left hand extending spherical object. They are flanked by two angels (half figures) behind canopy with inscription, REGINA CELI LETARE ALLE(LVIA).
Lower miniature:
Angel (half-figure only), plays portative organ with right hand, beside two angels (half-figures), one holding parchment with pseudo-musical notation in both hands.
Right margin:
In upper vignette, angel plays rebec.
In center vignette, angel plays lute.
In lower vignette, angel plays harp.
Miniatures within architectural frame, with half-figures of angels in spandrels of arch.
Bear within decorated initial O.

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