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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1490-1500
MS M.7 fol. 2r

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Three vignettes, two in upper margin and one in lower margin:
1) Month, Occupation: March -- Man, wearing cap, holds pruning hook in right hand and top of bare vine in left hand. Beside him is ram (Aries). In background is distant landscape.
2) Month, Occupation: April -- Woman holding wreath of flowers in right hand, stands before foliage. From behind foliage emerges bull (Taurus). In background is distant landscape.
3) Eve: Creation -- Adam, eyes closed, his head resting on right hand, reclines on ground. From behind him emerges Eve, with hands raised to God, nimbed, with left hand extended and right hand raised in blessing. In background are fruit trees and distant hills.
Text bordered on right and left margins by columns.

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