Shepherds Purse: printed book - Zodiacal Man

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The source here is a printed book of hours known as "Zodiacal Man", by P. Pigouchet, created in Paris ca. 1500-1. There are two relevant pages, which I have treated in succession here.

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The first page has marginal illustrations of shepherds and pastoral scenes, but they do not appear to me to be part of a specific genre context otherwise. The illustrations are all relatively small and indistinct, but most of the figures appear to wear crescent-shaped Shepherds Purses, most with hanging tools attached.



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The second page is from the Adoration of the Shepherds genre. A male shepherd in the foreground wears a crescent-shaped pouch with attached implements. For comparison, a woman on the left, who is presumably a shepherdess from the context, wears two hanging drawstring purses from her belt and is carrying something in an apron.


Harthan, John. 1977. The Book of Hours. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. p.170-1