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France, Paris, 1490-1500
MS M.7 fol. 28r

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Innocents: Mourning Mothers -- Woman, wearing headdress, holding with napkin limp infant bleeding from wounds on body and neck, kneels on one knee before Herod, crowned, with hands clasped, standing in balcony with man, wearing hat. Behind the woman stand armored soldiers. Scene in city with buildings.
Margins decorated with floreate ornament. In lower margin amid floreate ornament are scrolls inscribed 1) IL Y PLAIT A DIEV; 2) ESPOI EN DIEV; 3) DE BIEN EN MIEVX; 4) PAIX SOIT EN TERE; 5) POVR FAIRE ACHACVM (sic); and 6) TENEZ VOVS EN PAIS

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