The Golf Book (Book of Hours)

The Golf Book (Book of Hours) f. 25r, calendar, July

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f. 25r, calendar, July

The bottom of the border on f. 25r shows a cart of hay that is almost dry driven by a peasant brandishing a whip. He is followed by another peasant with a farming implement only the shaft of which can be seen. Watching them is a labourer who may have helped fill the cart with hay, leaning on a pole with a fork lying on his right shoulder. Hay being carted to a farm is depicted almost in the background in the Flowers Book of Hours and in the third area of the Hennessy Hours.
A medallion on the right-hand side depicts the sign of Leo, underneath the convincing naturalist iconographic model of a lion shown in profile walking towards the left, as can be seen in several earlier works and also works by Gerard Horenbout and Simon Bening. The phylactery under the animal reads “leo”.

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