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NOTES CONCERNING THE 'LILY CRUCIFIXION' IN THE LLANBEBLIG HOURS* HE Llanbeblig Hours (Add MS 17520A, fols 1-2V) is remarkable among illuminated manuscripts for its inclusion of the rare 'Lily Crucifixion' motif in its Annunciation scene (Fig. 1 see front cover). By Lily Crucifixion is meant the juxtaposition of the Crucified Christ against the lily plant, the lily becoming a consistent feature of Annunciation iconography from the thirteenth century onward. The Crucifix is not always included in Lily Crucifixions and in some examples Christ is shown nailed directly to the lily. The Lily Crucifixion, which appears in several other Annunciation scenes in other media, seems confined to the period between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, after which time, due perhaps to the Reformation, it apparently falls into desuetude. The Llanbeblig MS, dating from the late fourteenth century, is the first MS to yield an example of this motif.1 Fig. 2. Alabaster table of the Holy Trinity in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Fig. 3. A carved alabaster panel, or 'table', housed in a painted wooden case, last known in the Kunstgerwerbe Museum, Cologne (1375).