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Book of Hours
Belgium, probably Brussels, 1533
MS M.491 fol. 161r

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Magi: Adoration -- Within ruins of stable, Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, stands beside Virgin Mary, nimbed, seated, holding in lap Christ Child, nimbed, nude. Eldest magus, kneeling, crown on ground, grasps His left hand. Christ Child places right hand on head of magus. Middle-aged magus, crown on ground, kneeling, holds vessel in left hand and lid in right hand. Youngest magus, black, standing, raises vessel held in righthand.
In background is landscape.
Miniature and text framed by architectural border.
Initial D decorated with foliate and floreate ornament begins Sext of the Hours of the Virgin.

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