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Luke 2:22-28

The Virgin offers her child to Simeon who receives him with veiled hands. The tiny Christ blesses Simeon. Two female attendants, paired for symmetry, bear the offering of doves. They stand in a domed building, beneath an altar lamp. The same scene is shown on p395. In both cases Joseph, mentioned in the gospel, is omitted, and females bring the doves.

A very similar composition is found in the Anglo-Saxon Benedictional of St Aethelwold, which includes the paired attendants but also shows Joseph peeking in at the back and bearing the doves. (AP, 84, pl.125).

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