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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1470
MS M.73 fol. 3r

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Month, Occupation: May -- In upper right margin, man, wearing hat, grasping with raised right hand, claws of falcon, wings extended, holding reins with left hand, is astride bridled horse with trappings. Woman, wearing henin, is seated sideways behind him on the horse. Two dogs, one only hindquarters visible, run beside the horse. Zodiac Sign: Gemini -- In lower right margin, nude couple, one arm around each other, hold blank escutcheon with other hands in landscape with trees. Margins decorated on three sides with border of floreate ornament including viola, winter cherry, dianthus, and vine with gourds.

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