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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420
MS M.1000 fol. 1r

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Zodiac Sign: Aquarius -- Beside tree, nude male figure pours water from jug onto ground.
Month, Occupation: January -- Within interior of room, hooded man, bearded, wearing tunic, sits in chair before fire (warming himself). Holding on to bar with left hand, he raises, with right hand, his bare left leg toward fire, above which hangs kettle on chain. A stocking is draped across right arm of chair, and a shoe is placed before fire.
Each figure within barbed quatrefoil frame. Vignettes set in decorative border of foliate design enclosing text block.

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