beginning of the 16th century (ca. 1500) France - Rouen
University of Oxford, Bodleian Library
MS. Buchanan e. 3: Book of Hours
fol. 74r - Virgin and Child with what is probably a female owner of the book
The owner is depicting wearing the typical late 15th/early 16th century fashion. The black hood is a predecessor of later French hoods (A beautiful example of a something-in-between hood can be seen here. Basically, the wings of the hood (the rectangle of fabric framing the face) became the frontlet, acquiring the jewelled part called the billiment in the process. These type of hoods were around for a long time before, in many variations - buttoned in front with long hanging tip, withwidenedwings, combined with hennin etc. etc.)The neckline is deep and squared and edged - same as the cuffs of the long, broadening oversleeves - in what is probably white fur. There is a rosary hanging at the woman’s girdle and she seems to be wearing a necklace which creates a typical v above her bodice.