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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 41r

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Christ: Deposition -- Joseph of Arimathea, wearing pointed hat, with draped hands supports torso of Christ, cross-nimbed, in loin cloth, with left arm and feet affixed to cross, flanked by Virgin Mary, pearled nimbus, veiled, grasping His detached right arm and Evangelist John, pearled nimbus, with hands raised. Nicodemus, wearing hat, kneels with pincers extracting nail from Christ's feet.
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, two hybrid animals.
In right margin, hybrid man, wearing pointed hat, holding vase, and heraldic escutcheon of du Bois (argent, two bars and a canton gules).
In lower margin, two hybrid animals, clothed, flanking heraldic escutcheon of Tuchet (ermine, a chevron gules).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of du Bois, variant (argent, two bars gules, on a canton of the second a mullet of the field).

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