MS M.81, fols. 20v–21r

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Worksop Bestiary

England, possibly in Lincoln or York
ca. 1185
215 x 155 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1902

MS M.81, fols. 20v–21r

Satyr (left)

This Satyr—associated with the Greek god Dionysus by its pine-cone topped thyrsus—is classified in the bestiary as a type of ape.

Panther (right)
Here the panther invites a comparison to Christ by emitting a sweet-smelling roar following a three-day slumber. In response, a demonic dragon buries itself in “the caverns of the earth.”