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Book of Hours
France, possibly Paris, late 15th century
MS M.2 fol. 65v

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Virgin Mary: Adoration of Christ Child -- Within stable, beside ox and ass, Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneels before Christ Child, nude, emanating rays, lying on folds of her mantle on ground. Opposite her, Joseph the Carpenter, supporting himself with staff, kneels on one knee. Rays of light fall from above on Christ Child.
In background is landscape with building surmounting hill.
Miniature and text framed by border decorated with foliate and floreate ornament and inhabited by bird.

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