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France, Avignon, approximately 1485-1490
MS M.348 fol. 25v

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Month, Occupation: December -- In foreground, man, wearing cap and apron, kneels on pig, slitting its throat with knife. Woman, wearing headdress, kneels next to them catching blood in basin. At left are two bundles of grain. In background, man, wearing hat, holding object in left hand, grasps with his right hand back leg or legs of pig, standing on its front feet. Woman stands at right indicating the pig.
Scene in courtyard surrounded by buildings.
Zodiac Sign: Capricornus -- In lower margin, fantastic goat.
Margins decorated with gold floreate ornament.

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