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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1470-1480
M.239 fol. 53v

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Pentecost -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with joined hands, is seated with open book on her lap. She is flanked by ten apostles, all nimbed, two with joined hands, Evangelist John, seated with hands crossed on breast, open book on his lap, and Peter, raising right hand, seated holding open book on his lap with left hand. Dove of Holy Ghost hovers amid rays above them, gold tongues of flame descend toward them.
Scene below arch supported by two columns; in background, apse and semi-dome inscribed VENI [SANCT]E SPI[RITUS].
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament including rose.

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