MS M.81, fols. 47v–48r

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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. 47v–48r

Leucrotta (left)

The fabled leucrotta galloping across this folio has the chest and mane of a lion, the cloven hooves of a camel or dromedary, and a horse’s head.

Eagles (right)
An eagle flies to the sun before plunging into a fountain—a ritual thought to restore the youth of the majestic birds, and which symbolizes baptism.