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Book of Hours
Belgium, Tournai, 1450-1460
MS M.78 fol. 85v

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Virgin Mary, scalloped nimbus, veiled, sits sideways on bridled ass, holding Christ Child, cross-nimbed, swaddled. Before them walks Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hat, with left hand holding staff slung with pouch over left shoulder and with right hand leading the reins. Scene on path in hilly landscape with trees and castle buildings in distance. Margins decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature at beginning of Hours of the Virgin at Vespers.

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