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

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1) Month, Occupation: June -- Man wearing woven hat, cutting hay with scythe. He is flanked by two trees; his trousers (?) hang in tree at right. Behind him is stream with bridge of two logs. Scene has background of gold filigree on blue.
2) Zodiac Sign: Cancer -- Crab, next to stream, is flanked by tree and rocky outcrop with background of gold stars on blue above gold filigree on red.
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament inhabited by cat, bear emerging from hat, lizard, torso of man wearing hat, and bird.

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