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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1470-1480
M.239 fol. 41r

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Christ: Presentation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with draped hands, kneels before draped altar. Nude Christ Child, rayed nimbus, extending both hands toward her, stands on the altar, held by draped hands of Simeon, nimbed, wearing conical hat, standing behind the altar below canopy. Anna the Prophetess, holding candle with right hand and basket containing two birds, stands at left.
Scene framed by two arches separated by pendant and supported by two columns; traceried window and architectural elements in background.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament including viola.

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