MS M.890, fols. 18v–19r

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Fountains Abbey bestiary

England, probably North Yorkshire
ca. 1325–1350
227 x 152 mm

Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1958

MS M.890, fols. 18v–19r
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Left Page (Fol. 18v)
Sawfish: Here, the legendary flying sawfish lifts its immense wings to race a ship; when it is exhausted, it will retreat to the sea, representing Christians who start in good faith but are conquered by vice.