Medieval manuscripts blog

01 November 2012

A Calendar Page for November 2012

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

Add 18852 ff. 11v-12

Calendar pages for November, from the Hours of Joanna of Castile, Netherlands (Bruges), between 1496 and 1506, Additional 18852, ff. 11v-12

A common scene for November calendars is the fattening of pigs for the winter.  The page on the left shows a typical example, with a peasant knocking acorns down from trees to feed a group of hungry animals, while a man on the right seems to be trying to coax a less-eager pig to eat.  On the right is a market square, bordered by tall buildings (including perhaps a church) and watched over by a centaur-archer, the traditional depiction for Sagittarius.  In the square a group of men (and a single nun, strangely enough) are engaged in the sale of cattle and pigs.


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