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Additional 49598 f. 15v Nativity with midwife
Nativity with midwife
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Description: Full-page miniature of the Nativity of Christ, with the Virgin Mary and Joseph above and the infant Christ, watched over by an ox and ass, below, preceding the benediction for Christmas (25 December). The female figure standing near Mary's bed is probably the midwife who, according to the Protoevangelium of James, convinced Joseph of the miraculous nature of Mary's conception. 
Origin: England, S. 


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