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Scene from "Labors of the month January" | by Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland
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Scene from "Labors of the month January"


Labors of the month January are generally represented by a feast. The scene usually shows a figure of a well dressed man seated in front, or with his back to a fire, warming himself, and a table with food on it. Often the scene depicts a man holding or drinking from a metal cup (chalice) or a horn. In some cases, an attendant, either male or female, is shown waiting at the table.

A variation of this scene shows a man with two faces representing the god Janus looking ahead to the new year and back to the old one at the same time.


Link to the "Labors of the month January" set.


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Manuscript title: Book of Hours


Origin: Nantes ? (France)


Period: 15th century


Image source: Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 33, p. 11r – Book of Hours (

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Taken on January 1, 2013