May from the Hours of Henry VIII

Hours of Henry VIII
Morgan Library MS H.8, fols. 2v–3r  April and May

The May image from the Morgan Library’s MS H. 8 is on the right; f. 3r. It’s a fairly typical Maying scene, and one I’ve written about before. I still love the little dog, but I want to point out something I missed before, and notice in the Morgan Library’s notes about  the image.

There are two little dogs! There’s the one  near the couple and a second one on the track off to the right, leading into the woods.  Here:

 

Detail of the May calendar image Morgan Library MS H.8_fol._3r

I don’t think the two dogs are the same breed; the one in the trees is more hound-like. It looks to me like the couple in this scene is the courting couple featured in the April calendar image, picking flowers and making garlands. The trees look as if they’ve been pollarded, the lower limbs removed to allow for easier passage (and for burning), and to make it easier to gather nuts.

 

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