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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.1004 fol. 3r

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1) Month, Occupation: May -- Falconer, wearing headgear, and with sheathed sword at his waist, is astride bridled horse, holding reins with right hand and looking back at falcon perched on gloved left hand. He is flanked by two trees in grassy landscape with background of gold filigree on blue.
1) Zodiac Sign: Gemini -- Man and woman, both nude, stand facing each other, holding each others arms. They are flanked by two trees and two rocky outcrops in grassy landscape with orange background decorated with clouds (?).
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament inhabited by dragon, two butterflies, griffin and hybrid animal with body of dog (?) and head with horns.

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