Shepherds Purse: manuscript - Tres Riches Heures (calendar)

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The image is from the well-known Tres Riches Heures of the Duke du Berry, made in France in the early 15th century. This is a genre scene from the calendar pages (July). A reaper and a male and female shepherd all wear "pouch-belts" slung to the side. Note that reapers are sometimes associated with a style of white, double-ended bag (a type tha can be slung over a shoulder, with contents on both sides), and with costrels, but not normally with the pouch-belt style. I believe this is the only example I've found, and it may not be coincidental that it occurs in a scene where shepherds are present.

The shepherd.

The shepherdess.

The reaper.


Pérez-Higuera, Teresa. 1997. Medieval Calendars. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London