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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.1004 fol. 5v

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1) Month, Occupation: October -- Man, wearing hat and tunic, sows seeds from extended right hand; seeds held in fold of garment with left hand. He stands in tilled field flanked by two trees, next to sack of seed. Scene has background of gold filigree on blue.
2) Zodiac Sign: Scorpio -- Scorpion in grassy landscape with tree and rocky outcrops with background of orange decorated with clouds (?).
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament inhabited by peacock, two hybrid men, each with hooded human head, one with human arms and hands, and bird.

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