[Sca-cooks] OT: Mystery Object

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 12:12:38 PDT 2009

It looks almost like a primitive version of a post-hole digger.  There
appear to be two handles and the lower part looks sort of like opposing
spades or shovels.  Not sure what that would have to do with the beginning
of the new year, but that's what I see!


On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM, Martha Sieting <osermart at msu.edu> wrote:

> Following the theme of "what is it" questions we've had lately, I'm trying
> to figure out this image from the Church of St. Lazare at Autun.
> http://www.paradoxplace.com/Photo%20Pages/France/Burgundy%20Champagne/Autun/L_Medallions/L_Medallions.htm
> The one I'm looking at is the enlargement labeled L1 with the caption "What
> did he do?"
> This is part of a series of images showing the signs of the zodiac and
> labors of the months over the main entrance to the church.  This image comes
> at the beginning of the sequence and is followed by images that are
> typically used to identify the start of the year.
> Any ideas what the lefthand figure is holding over his shoulder?  It just
> occurred to me that it might be a broom for "sweeping out the old year" but
> I don't know if that's a medieval concept.
> This probably isn't food-related, but the folks on this list have such
> great breadth of knowledge, I thought it couldn't hurt to ask!
> Many thanks,
> Helena
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