Shepherds Purse: manuscript - Stowe MS 955

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The source is an edition of the love poems of Pierre Sala, from early 16th c. France (currently located in the British Library, Stowe MS 955 f.9).

A peasant couple frolic, evidently intended to be shepherds: she plays the bagpipes, but no sheep are in direct evidence. (Their occupation might be clarified by tracking down the associated poem.) Both wear relatively full shepherds purses in pale blue with gold highlights. There are no flaps in evidence. Several unidentifiable gold objects depend from the lower edge of each.


Collins, Marie & Davis, V. 1992. A Medieval Book of Seasons. Harper Collins, New York. p.39