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France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.253 fol. 63v

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Christ: Nativity -- Christ Child, nimbed, nude, emanating rays, lays on ground and is flanked by Virgin Mary, nimbed, and Joseph the Carpenter, both kneeling with joined hands raised. Witnessing scene are two angels, with joined hands raised; midwife, wearing headress, kneeling with joined hands raised; and ox and ass, laying on ground. Rays emanate from above. Scene before shed with masonry walls.
Margins with floreate ornament. In lower margin is escutcheon with arms of Flanders (or a lion rampant sable armed and langued gules), surmounted by a crown.

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