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Occupation Of The Month And Zodiac Sign For January, In The Calendar Of A Psalter

Occupation Of The Month And Zodiac Sign For January, In The Calendar Of A Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1310

Shelfmark: Additional MS 27866

Item number: f.8v

Length: 12.7

Width: 7.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The small size of this Psalter suggests that it was intended to be carried about by the owner, rather than kept on a shelf or reading-desk. It has a medieval ownership inscription which shows that one (or two?) of its earliest owners were nuns of Holy Cross Monastery, Wherwell, a few miles south-east of Andover. Although rubbed and damaged it is still possible to discern in the lower margin of the month of June in this calendar, a man sharpening the blade of a scythe with a whetstone, and the zodiac sign for Cancer, the crab.

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