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France, Paris, 1490-1500
MS M.7 fol. 1v

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Three vignettes, two in upper margin and one in lower margin:
1) Month, Occupation: January -- Man, wearing hat, seated at table with left hand on tankard, raises food to mouth. At right, as though in doorway, is nude figure pouring water from pitcher (Aquarius).
2) Month, Occupation: February -- To left, two fishes are in water (Pisces). To right, man, wearing hat, warms his hands before fire in fireplace.
3) Adam: Creation -- Adam, nude, lies with eyes closed before God, with right hand raised in blessing. In background are fruit trees.
Text bordered on right and left margins by columns.

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