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Matthew 2:14

The holy family, led by Joseph’s son James, proceed from left to right. James, glancing back at his troupe, leads them into a building. Mary rides side saddle with her legs facing away. Joseph holds a walking stick in his right hand and shoulders an axe and water bottles.

The feature of James leading the party derives from the apocryphal text Protoevangelion Jacobi which was familiar to the Byzantine church. The feature of James turning back is found in an Italian ivory in Bologna, Museo Civico (AP, 60, 84, pl.112a and d)

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