Shepherds Purse: manuscript - Rohan Hours (annunciation)

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The Rohan Hours were created around 1418-25 for Yolande d'Anjou (the "Rohan" label comes from a later owner, whose arms were added to some of the illustrations) and show clear artistic inspirations in both the Belles Heures of Jean de Berry, and a copy of a French Bible Historiée illustrated by an Italian artist (Porcher p.6), once again demonstrating the difficulty in disentangling specific cultural influences on artifacts portrayed. On the other hand, even clear borrowings leave room for variation in depicting the level of detail I'm intrested in. Porcher identifies the woman in the above scene as copied from the shepherdess in the calendar of the Tres Riches Heures, but although their poses and clothing are similar, there are still many points of individual difference.

The two Shepherds Purses in this scene are roughly simliar, having the basic crescent shape, and there appears to be a flap indicated on the woman's pouch. Confusingly, though, both have faint lines marked that would indicate netting (with the meshes square to the waistline). There are also small unidentifiable objects hanging from under the pouch.

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Porcher, Jean. 1959. The Rohan Book of Hours. Thomas Yoseloff, New York. pl.4