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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.105 fol. 19r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with hands crossed on breast, kneeling, with scroll extending from her mouth inscribed ECCE ANCELLA DEI FIAT M..., turns from open book with two clasps and pseudo-inscription on draped prie-dieu toward Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, kneeling, holding (?) scroll inscribed AVE GRACIA PLENA DOMINUS. At top left is Christ-Logos, with crossed rayed nimbus, in starry arc of heaven, with right hand raised in blessing, holding globe in left hand, emitting rays from mouth upon which descend dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, toward the Virgin Mary. Scene in church with draped, raised altar, leaded-glass windows, groin vault, and hexagonal towers.
Margins with foliate and ivy-rinceaux ornament. Baguettes with foliate ornament in side and lower margins.

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