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Book of Hours
France, possibly Paris, late 15th century
MS M.2 fol. 31r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Within room, Virgin Mary, nimbed, is seated beneath canopy with open book on lap, with joined hands raised. Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, kneels on one knee, pointing toward the Virgin with left hand and holding scepter in right hand. Rays of light entering room from archway fall on Virgin Mary.
Miniature and text framed by border decorated with foliate and floreate ornament and inhabited by monkey astride hybrid animal in right margin and bird in lower margin.

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