Shepherds Purse: manuscript - Gospel Lectionary of the Sainte-Chapelle

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This French work from ca. 1260-70 is known as the Gospel Lectionary of the Sainte-Chapelle, and is currently located at the Bibliotheque Nationale Paris ( MS. Lat. 17326, F. 99). This scene shows "the good shepherd", rather than one of the more usual shepherd genre scenes. The figure wears no pouch of any type, and this example is given for comparison. The work dates to a period earlier than the rise of the Shepherds Purse style. (One of my main purposes in showing these earlier pouch-less examples is to demonstrate that the absense of the Shepherds Purse at this date is not due to the absense of shepherds in art.)


Porcher, Jean. 1960. Medieval French Miniatures. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. fig.50