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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol. 5v

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Month, Occupation: April -- Within farmyard, woman milks cow with bell around its neck. To right, man pushes sheep out of sheepcote. Shepherd, holding lamb in left hand and crook in right hand, looks on. Flock of sheep and one goat follows second shepherd along path leading from sheepcote. Lamb nurses ewe.
Beyond, woman churns butter within farmhouse. To left, second woman follows cow out of stable beside farmhouse.
Scene within illusionistic wood frame.

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