Blacksmith's wife forging nails

Blacksmith's wife forging nails

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Caption: Blacksmith's wife forging nails, Detail Bottom RH of folio.The blacksmith, who alleges he cannot make the nails for the Cross as his hands are bad, shows his hand; his pious lie is made retrospectively true. His wife is making the nails at a draught-forge and anvil. Image taken from Holkham Bible Picture Book. Originally published in England, circa 1320-1330.

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Keywords: 14th century, artwork, blacksmith, french, historical, history, holkham bible picture book, illustration, industrial, industry, nail, occupation, people, service occupations

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