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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1520
MS M.307 fol. 3r

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Month, Occupation: April -- At left, bull or cow with bell around neck, flanked by cow and calf (or two calves) look toward rooster (cock) mounted on hen. Shepherd with pedum leads flock of sheep, including goat. (Scene, Occupational: Pastoral) In foreground, at right, woman wearing hat, milks horned cow, collecting the milk into bucket (Scene, Occupational: Agriculture).
Farmyard with barn with thatched roof and holes in walls, wattle fence in foreground. Trees and fence in background

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