Shepherds Purse: manuscript - Hours of Isabella Stuart

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This is a marginal scene on a page where the main picture is that of the book's owner, Isabella Suart, Duchess of Brittany, worshipping the Virgin and Child. The book was created ca. 1417-8 in Paris and is currently located in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (ms. 62, f.20). The relevant figure here is no ordinary shepherd, but a saint (identity unclear) with the attributes of a shepherd. He carries a shepherd's staff and is wearing a crescent-shaped pouch (slung either around the waist or from the shoulder -- it's unclear) which has a closing flap tied with a cord.


Harthan, John. 1977. The Book of Hours. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. p.114