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Today’s manuscript is another Book of Hours “Heures à l’usage de Paris”, made in the same place at the end of the 15th century. The document is being kept in the Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris. [1]


In the ‘calendrier’ for November, folio 11r, the border is illustrated with a highly stylised snail. The shell seems turrited but lacks any resemblance with a known species, and its coiling is indeterminate; the yellowish animal has two tentacles and a humanised face.

[1] BMP, Ms. 0483, 143 ff. http://bit.ly/1fMq5aA (24.ii.2014).