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Ink, tempera and liquid gold on vellum
Leaf: 19.5 x 13 cm (7 11/16 x 5 1/8 in.)
The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2011.65.b
It is believed that medieval men and women read their books of hours aloud, not silently.
On this calendar page, June is illustrated with the month’s labor of gathering hay. One figure cuts hay with a scythe while the other uses a rake to gather it. Also featured is a crab, signifying the month’s zodiac sign, Cancer. In this lavishly decorated leaf, the most important feast days are listed in gold, while other days are in alternating red and blue inks. The original manuscript containing this leaf was whole as late as the 1980s, and today its leaves can be found in museums around the country.
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