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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, ca. 1470
MS M.167 fol. 68r

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Christ: Presentation -- Virgin Mary, decorated nimbus, stands holding Christ Child, cross-nimbed, nude, before draped altar behind which stands Simeon, decorated nimbus, as High Priest, wearing cope, extending hands draped with white cloth. Behind them stand Prophetess Anna, wearing headdress, holding candle and basket with doves, female attendant wearing headdress, Joseph the Carpenter, hooded, with joined hands raised, and tonsured acolyte wearing alb.
Scene in interior of church with patterned fabric, rose window, lancet windows, and rib vaults, all within arched gold frame.
In lower margin (bas-de-page), bear bites paw and scratches itself near fantastic bird in flight.
Margins decorated with foliate border of acanthus leaves, flowers, and bird.

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