Shepherds Purse: manuscript - Breviario Romano

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This is a pastoral scene from a Spanish breviary (Breviario Romano, con las armas de los Reyes Católicos, Monasterio del Escorial, Biblioteca, B, II, 15). I don't know the larger context for the picture, e.g. whether it's an annunciation or other genre scene. No explicit date is mentioned in the text, but from the general context, I would guess 15th century or maybe early 16th.

The shepherds here wear no pouches visible, although they are positioned so that any existing ones should be visible. I include them for comparison purposes. My limited experience with Spanish manuscript art is that the lack of Shepherds Purses is relatively typical, although examples can be found.


Bernis, Carmen. 1979. Trajes y Modas en la España de los Reyes Católicos: II. Los Hombres. Instituto Diego Velazquez, del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid. fig. 121