MS M.81, fols. 33v–24r

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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. 33v–34r

Fire-stones (left)
A man and woman embrace atop a mountain while flames engulf them. These are representations of fire-stones—male and female stones that, when brought together, generate a fire that devours everything in the vicinity.

Ostriches (right)
Ostriches bury their eggs to be hatched by the hot sand so they can turn their attention to the light of God, symbolized by the sun.