Ox plough

May 9, 2021

牛で引く鍬

17 June 1986, United Kingdom
900th Anniversary of Domesday Book / The Peasants
design: Tayburn Design / illustrations: Magnus Lohkamp

The Domesday Book was a medieval census ordered by the King, William the Conqueror – and completed in 1086. This stamp shows that the majority of population (82%) in Britain at that time, the peasants or slaves, worked to produce food. Forests were cleared and plowed by Ox-power.

Illustrations on this series of stamps are nicely made in the manner of Medieval style – I thought the pictures were from the original book, but they weren’t!

11世紀にイギリスを征服したウィリアム1世が作らせた『ドゥームズデイ・ブック』。現代の国税調査にあたるこの記録には、農民が人口の82%だったと記されています。牛に引かせた鍬で畑を耕すこの風景は、これ以前から産業革命が始まるまでの相当長い間、イギリス各地で見られた田園風景でした。

中世風のイラストが良くできていて、オリジナルの本にあった挿絵?と思ったのですが、違いました。縁の装飾や草木の描き方、未発達の遠近法などが900年前をよく現しています。

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