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A Woman Harvesting Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of Libra
Follower of the Egerton Master (French / Netherlandish active about 1405 - 1420)
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 19.1 x 14 cm (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
Situated within the shimmering golden leaves swirling on the black-inked vines of the margin are two subjects common to calendar pages for September. At right the zodiacal sign of Libra is shown as a man dressed in a blue robe and a green hat. He seems almost too small to balance the comically large scales he carries. Below, a woman cuts grapes from a vine and collects them in a basket. This is one of the labors of the months used for September, the time of year at which grapes are harvested.