The annunciation, Limbourg Brothers, The Belles Heures of Jean of France, Duke of Berry*. Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum; The Cloisters Collection. Metrpolitan Museum of Art. ca. 1406-09. *Item, une belles Heures, tres bien et richement historiees [Item, a beautiful hours, very well and richly illuminated]
LES BELLES HEURES
In the Middle Ages books were usually displayed on ornate stands. Since books were scarce and quite valuable it was not unusual for books to be chained to their stands as a measure against theft.