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England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 37v

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, pearled nimbus, crowned, veiled, sits on bench, holding seated Christ Child, unnimbed, raising right hand, before the eldest Magus, wearing vair-lined mantle, holding ciborium, kneeling in front of two crowned Magi, one beardless, both wearing mantles with vair-lined collars, standing, holding vessels, and raising right hands.
Scene against gold background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In upper margin, hybrid man wearing tapering hood, forming part of foliate extension.
In right margin, hybrid animal and heraldic escutcheon of Tuchet (ermine a chevron gules).
In lower margin, hybrid man, wearing hood, raising bell in left paw, and hybrid woman, wearing headdress, flank heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant (argent, two bars and a canton sable).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of Oddingsell (argent, a fess gules, in the dexter chief a mullet of the second).

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