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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1520
MS M.307 fol. 4v

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Month, Occupation: July -- At left, man stands in mound of hay, next to ladder on wagon (only one wheel visible). He extends both arms to bundle of hay on fork (?) held by another man, wearing hat, standing on ground. Two harnessed horses stand in foreground. At right, woman wearing broad brimmed hat rakes fallen hay; man wearing broad brimmed hat cuts hay with scythe. Woman approaches in background supporting with right arm, basket on her head, carrying another basket or bucket with left hand.
Scene in landscape with fields, trees, and roofs of two buildings visible above hill in distance.

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