MS M.399, fol. 9v

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Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)

Ghent, Belgium
ca. 1515
172 x 125 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910

MS M.399, fol. 9v

Occupation of the month: August―In a field, a woman binds grain into sheaves. A man threshes grain with two flails. A second man reaps grain with a sickle. Beyond, two horses, one ridden by a man, pull a cart stacked with sheaves of grain. In the background are more fields and a landscape with buildings.
The scene is within an illusionistic wood frame.


Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.