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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1480
MS M.253 fol. 116v

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Virgin Mary: Death -- Virgin Mary, nimbed veiled, with her eyes closed, lays with joined hands on bed, surrounded by twelve nimbed apostles, including five with joined hands raised, one holding book, two gesturing, and Evangelist John (?), holding candle in joined hands. Visible through window is arc of heaven, emanating rays, enclosing God, nimbed, holding in right arm nude personification of soul of Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands raised.
Margins with floreate ornament. In lower margin is escutcheon with arms of Aragon (?)(paly of 6 or and gules).

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