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Book of Hours
Belgium, Tournai, 1450-1460
MS M.78 fol. 70v

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Shepherds: Annunciation -- Emerging from cloud, bust of angel, wearing fillet, holding in both hands scroll inscribed GLORIA IN EXCELCIS DEO, appears in sky above three shepherds, one wearing turban-like headgear, holding staff in right hand, one standing with left hand raised, and one seated on ground with left hand raised to shield face. Around the shepherds are flock of sheep and dog. Scene in hilly landscape with trees and houses, possibly watermill, in and across river in distance. Margins decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature at beginning of Hours of the Virgin at Terce.

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