Medieval manuscripts blog

01 October 2012

A Calendar Page for October 2012

For more details on calendar pages of the Hours of Joanna of Castile, please see the entry for January 2012.

Add 18852 ff. 10v-11

Calendar pages for October, from the Hours of Joanna of Castile, Netherlands (Bruges), between 1496 and 1506, Additional 18852, ff. 10v-11

The year's final cycle of plowing and sowing is underway in these two connected scenes from the October calendar pages.  On the left, two men work with a horse and an oxen team to plow a field, beneath a threatening sky.  On the right, a group of people are at work scattering seeds into the field, while a woman holds a beautiful metal jug (filled, one hopes, with the fruits of last year's wine-making).  In the roundel above can be seen a set of scales, a symbol for the zodiac sign Libra; this symbol was probably painted in error, as it is usually shown in September.



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