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France, perhaps Paris, between 1500 and 1510
MS M.89 fol. 45v

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Christ: Presentation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed veiled, with both hands extends partially draped infant Christ Child, with crossed rays as nimbus, over draped round altar to Simeon of Jersulam, nimbed, wearing miter-like hat, standing beneath canopy. Behind Mary stands Prophetess Anna, wearing turban, holding basket with doves, and acolyte, holding lighted candle. Behind Simeon stands another acolyte, holding lighted candle.
Floreate margins inhabited by two fantastic animals, including one with face on its breast playing horn that extends from its shoulders.

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