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01 September 2012

A Calendar Page for September 2012

For more details on calendar pages of the Hours of Joanna of Castile, please see the entry for January 2012.

Add 18852 ff. 9v-10

Calendar pages for September, from the Hours of Joanna of Castile, Netherlands (Bruges), between 1496 and 1506, Additional 18852, ff. 9v-10

September is (and was) traditionally the month to begin the grape harvest, and the vitally important task of wine-making.  The calendar pages for this month give us two such scenes, beginning on the left, where a group of men and a single woman are harvesting grapes and carrying them in wicker baskets, overlooked by a turreted castle on the hilltop.  On the right hand page, two men with wicker baskets are carrying their grapes into a barn, where one man is pouring wine into casks and another is crushing grapes in a barrel (and making a bit of a mess, it appears).  Above this scene is a strange-looking scorpion, for the zodiac sign Scorpio; this is most likely an error, since September is most traditionally associated with the sign Virgo (see last year's page, for example).

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