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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, ca. 1440-1449
MS M.202 fol. 1r

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1) Month, Occupation: January -- Man, wearing hat, holding plate, stands before draped table with plate, cup, and other objects. At the table sits man, wearing headgear, holding bowl in raised right hand, seated on bench with fire in fireplace behind him. Scene in room with paneled walls and cloth wall hangings.
2) Zodiac Sign: Aquarius -- Man, wearing short loin cloth or braies, stands in stream and pours water from pitchers held in each hand. Scene in landscape with trees and distant hills.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux, vinescroll, and floreate ornament, with foliate baguettes framing the vignettes and textblock.

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