TEXT FOR NOVEMBER, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS FOR THE GATHERING OF ACORNS FOR PIGS AND SAGITTARIUS.

(Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s). 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8").

This comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. The labor of the month shows a man in a wide-brimmed hat herding swine, the pigs rooting about in mud for acorns at the edge of a forest; verso depicting Sagittarius as a half-man, half-lion archer. The painting of the gathering scene here is especially detailed--for example, in the leaves of the forest trees, the acorns on the ground, and the bristles on the pigs' backs. Apart from minor flaking, in very fine, fresh condition, the miniatures especially detailed and vivid.
(ST12021-11)