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Book of Hours
France, ca. 1470
MS M.28 fol. 60r

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Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, sits on bed and holds in her lap nude Christ Child, with crossed nimbus, extending his arms toward gold casket extended by magus, kneeling on ground beside his crown. Behind the kneeling magus stand the other two magi, one wearing crown and ermine collar, pointing up toward star in sky with right hand and holding vessel in left hand, and the other magus, black, wearing hat, holding vessel with both hands. Scene before shed in which are ox and ass.
Amid foliate ornament in margins are hybrid man, wearing cap, holding human-faced shield in right hand; goldfinch with wings extended; duck with wings extended; archer, wearing cap, kneeling and aiming bow; and half figure of man, wearing hood, with right hand raised.

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