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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1425-1430
MS M.453 fol. 1r

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Month, Occupation: January -- Three-faced Janus, wearing hat, behind draped table on which are plate, covered container, bread (?) and pitcher, raises, with right hand, cup to face on right side of his head, and with left hand, raises object to face on left side. Next to arched doorway, man stands at left side of table, holding drapery over right shoulder.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius -- In landscape with two trees, nude man, kneeling on one knee, pours from pitcher held in each hand.
Margins decorated with border of foliate ornament inhabited by half figure of Genevieve of Paris, nimbed, emerging from flower, holding candle in right hand and open book in left hand, reverse image of Apostle Paul on verso of this folio.

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