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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.1004 fol. 1r

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1) Month, Occupation: January -- Within room, man wearing hat, hood, tunic, trousers and boots, is seated on chair before fire, extending hands toward fire, resting left foot on hearth. Kettle hangs on hook over flames; another is on hearth.
2) Zodiac Sign: Aquarius -- Standing in landscape, male figure, wearing loin cloth, pours water onto ground from jug held in each hand.
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament inhabited by dragon, hybrid bird with head of chicken, angel, hybrid cleric with tonsured head and animal body, and two birds.

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